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Human trafficking as a consequence of armed conflicts situations to persons with disabilities

Mugabi, Ivan. k 2015. Human trafficking as a consequence of armed conflicts situations to persons with disabilities. Presented at: International Conference on Combating Human Trafficking with Special Reference to Women and Children, New Delhi India, 13th -15th February 2015.

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The papers explores invisibility and vulnerability of persons with disabilities to acts of human trafficking as a result of; firstly their bodily limitations to use the bodily function for self-protection and secondly their exposure to areas with armed conflicts. The deaf and blind can be victims of the lucrative transactions in human beings which have been lately exacerbated by the increasing situations of armed conflicts across the global spectrum. The paper seeks to enhance a better understanding of the typologies of human trafficking by exploring the places where (areas with armed conflicts) and the more vulnerable people (against whom) human trafficking is can flourish by looking at them as victims and indeed a potential target. The approach taken is looks at how armed conflicts tend to devastate centres for disability support that inhabit and protect persons with visual or auditory impairments. The paper develops the idea further to explain why the devastation of such centres exposes persons with disabilities to the human trafficking in the present day communities. The paper shall justify why human traffickers and their activities thrives well amid times of armed conflicts. Secondly the paper narrows the scope further through explaining with a few case studies on the deaf and blind as persons with disabilities. Paper advances a view that those who are relatively higher are more exposed to cases of trafficking than other persons. The paper also underscores some case studies of some disabilities such as blindness and deafness as instances of visual and auditory impairment in relation to the likelihood of human trafficking during armed conflict. Papers highlights the motives of human trafficking such as sex industry, organ donation, illegal adoption and labour exploitation. Paper shall highlight how the attainment of such motives is not in any way hindered but could instead benefit from the victims’ disability. This paper gives reasons for increased vulnerability explaining the inability by such disabled people to recognize or even identifies their surroundings makes them a hotspot target by human traffickers. The paper highlights problems of securing evidence from oral and testimonial accounts from disabled persons as victims of armed human trafficking. Paper shall reflect upon CRPD Convention and explore the protection given to disabled people against slavery and forced labour. Methodologies used include the mixed research study in which case studies of media and academic commentary shall be taken into account. More still written reports are also taken into consideration.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Cardiff Centre for Ethics, Law and Society (CCELS)
Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (CCLJ)
Crime and Security Research Institute (CSURI)
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KZ Law of Nations
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 February 2018
Date of Acceptance: 13 February 2015
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2022 01:46

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