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The Law of Human Trafficking

What Legal Aid Providers Should Know

By Sheila Neville & Susana Martinez

Human trafficking is the use of force, fraud, or coercion for sexual or labor exploitation. The United States enacted landmark legislation in 2000 and 2003 to combat this institution by punishing traffickers, protecting victims, and providing victim services, welfare benefits, legal assistance, and immigration relief. Legal aid providers should become familiar with the workings of human trafficking and acquaint themselves with the legal tools that may be used to help its victims.

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