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Criminalising Victims of Human Trafficking: State Responses and Punitive Practices

Citation
Malloch M (2016) Criminalising Victims of Human Trafficking: State Responses and Punitive Practices. In: Malloch M & Rigby P (eds.) Human Trafficking: The Complexities of Exploitation. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 175-193. https://doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401128.003.0011

Abstract
International responses to trafficking in humans include a presumption against the prosecution of victims who commit crimes as a direct result of their victimisation. However, there is increasing international evidence that victims of trafficking continue to be detained or imprisoned in state institutions following ‘liberation’ from traffickers. This chapter examines the social, political and economic depiction of ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ victims and the political basis for the criminalisation of certain victims of human trafficking. The broader questions that this raises in terms of appropriate responses to victims of human trafficking, and the limitations of effective survivor care, are considered.

Keywords
Criminalisation; Non-prosecution; Criminal justice responses; Detention

StatusPublished
Author(s)Malloch, Margaret
Publication date31/12/2016
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/27534
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Place of publicationEdinburgh
ISBN978-1-4744-0112-8
eISBN978-1-4744-0502-7
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