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Damned either way: the situation for victims of human trafficking in Sweden and the legal measures to assist them

Brodda, Rikard LU (2017) JURM02 20171
Department of Law
Abstract
Human trafficking consists of a sequence of smaller events taking place over a large span of time and perhaps even over multiple borders. Perpetrators of the crime take people away from their homes and their origins, either through coercion or threat of force, and instead place them in frightful environments where their survival and human dignity is constantly at risk. Legal measures to fight human trafficking target these sequences of criminal acts in order to apprehend the perpetrators.
However, such measures only adress half of the issue. On the other end of the crime we find its victims, people who for one reason or another end up in such desperate circumstances that they can be exploited for human trafficking. For any strategy... (More)
Human trafficking consists of a sequence of smaller events taking place over a large span of time and perhaps even over multiple borders. Perpetrators of the crime take people away from their homes and their origins, either through coercion or threat of force, and instead place them in frightful environments where their survival and human dignity is constantly at risk. Legal measures to fight human trafficking target these sequences of criminal acts in order to apprehend the perpetrators.
However, such measures only adress half of the issue. On the other end of the crime we find its victims, people who for one reason or another end up in such desperate circumstances that they can be exploited for human trafficking. For any strategy against human trafficking to be successful it needs to consider not only the crime itself, but also the implications for the victims. Measures to fight human trafficking must also include measures that target the underlying vulnerabilities that can be exploited.
This thesis will depict and discuss these assisting measures in further detail, specifically in Sweden. It will divide the crime of human trafficking into its three base elements of actions, means and purpose and examine both their historical context and their contemporary definitions. By doing so, the thesis will depict how the public perception of human trafficking has developed and how it affects its victims. It will show which considerations have been made when drafting assisting measures, which problems have been recognised and how the assistance will aim towards resolving them.
For this thesis I have chosen to focus on the victims migratory status in particular. Those victims of human trafficking that are forced to cross borders as a part of the crime find themselves in a particularly vulnerable position, as fear of deportation makes continued exploitation possible. I will argue that in order for any assistance of the victim to work effectively, the measures must consider this vulnerability and how it in turn can lead to further exploitation. (Less)
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Brodda, Rikard LU
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Damned either way: the situation for victims of human trafficking in Sweden and the legal measures to assist them
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JURM02 20171
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H3 - Professional qualifications (4 Years - )
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EU law, criminal law, human trafficking, victimology, deportability
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English
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8908647
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  abstract     = {Human trafficking consists of a sequence of smaller events taking place over a large span of time and perhaps even over multiple borders. Perpetrators of the crime take people away from their homes and their origins, either through coercion or threat of force, and instead place them in frightful environments where their survival and human dignity is constantly at risk. Legal measures to fight human trafficking target these sequences of criminal acts in order to apprehend the perpetrators. 
However, such measures only adress half of the issue. On the other end of the crime we find its victims, people who for one reason or another end up in such desperate circumstances that they can be exploited for human trafficking. For any strategy against human trafficking to be successful it needs to consider not only the crime itself, but also the implications for the victims. Measures to fight human trafficking must also include measures that target the underlying vulnerabilities that can be exploited.
This thesis will depict and discuss these assisting measures in further detail, specifically in Sweden. It will divide the crime of human trafficking into its three base elements of actions, means and purpose and examine both their historical context and their contemporary definitions. By doing so, the thesis will depict how the public perception of human trafficking has developed and how it affects its victims. It will show which considerations have been made when drafting assisting measures, which problems have been recognised and how the assistance will aim towards resolving them.
For this thesis I have chosen to focus on the victims migratory status in particular. Those victims of human trafficking that are forced to cross borders as a part of the crime find themselves in a particularly vulnerable position, as fear of deportation makes continued exploitation possible. I will argue that in order for any assistance of the victim to work effectively, the measures must consider this vulnerability and how it in turn can lead to further exploitation.},
  author       = {Brodda, Rikard},
  keyword      = {EU law,criminal law,human trafficking,victimology,deportability},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Damned either way: the situation for victims of human trafficking in Sweden and the legal measures to assist them},
  year         = {2017},
}