This Article will examine the recent criminal trend of trafficking women from post-Cold War Russia into the United States. First, it will examine the Russian mafia and its development. It will also discuss the system of economic corruption that currently exists in Russia, which facilitates government involvement with this criminal activity. It will further investigate the issues surrounding trafficked women and the international anti-trafficking conventions that have been created by the United Nations. Next, it will go into a deeper discussion of the current status of relevant international law and the issues involving the International Criminal Court. Finally, this Article will propose six civil and criminal recommendations that can be utilized through the current application of United States law with an emphasis on the need for international enforcement of the laws that affect this problem. This article is restricted to the trafficking of women from Russia; thus, it discusses one example of a worldwide problem. Many of this article's recommendations, however, may also apply to the trafficking of women from other countries.
Christopher M. Pilkerton,
Traffic Jam: Recommendations for Civil Penalties to Curb the Recent Trafficking of Women from Post-Cold War Russia,
Mich. J. Gender & L.
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