On Wednesday, September 22, the Thomas Jefferson School of Law hosted a 10-person delegation from India, sponsored by the U.S. State Department Center for Global and Citizen Diplomacy Council, who research problems in Human Trafficking. The Human Trafficking seminar was hosted at TJSL by the International Law Society and the Center for Global Legal Studies.
Professor Susan Tiefenbrun was the featured speaker, providing an impassioned speech about the horrors of human trafficking and her suggestions on combating this serious issue.
The Indian delegation also provided attendees with information about the various organizations that they represented, all of which are combating the human trafficking problem in India. India is a Tier 2 watch-list country for human trafficking, which Professor Tiefenbrun explained means they have laws that are designed to stop human trafficking, but that the laws are poorly enforced and subject to large-scale of corruption. The Indian delegation indicated that India is making strides to combat the problem and that there are many organizations there dedicated to wiping out this awful crime against humanity.
Human trafficking is the movement of a person against their will thorough force, fraud or coercion. It includes sex trafficking, debt bondage and forced labor. It is not a simple kidnapping but includes elements of physical and mental abuse and control of the individual trafficked.
Human trafficking is a problem in many countries and continues to be a problem in the United States and India. The organizations that the Indian delegation represented are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of trafficked victims.