This essay considers whether international treaty law is a useful weapon in the battle against the global sex trade. The introduction to this essay surveys the extent of global sex trafficking. Part I of this essay discusses the international legal conventions that address the issue of trafficking in women. Part II of this essay assesses the effectiveness of these international instruments and considers why they have failed to and the world sex trade. In Part III, this essay describes the European and Inter-American human rights systems, focusing upon substantive law in the regional systems that might be relevant to the issue of prostitution. It then briefly examines the procedures through which this substantive law could be enforced.
Susan J. Toepfer & Bryan S. Wells,
The Worldwide Market for Sex: A Review of International and Regional Legal Prohibitions Regarding Trafficking in Women,
Mich. J. Gender & L.
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