Human Trafficking and The Law
by VanessaPace on February 18, 2014 - 8:19pm
Human trafficking is a serious crime and is dealt with by the law in various ways. The article “Montreal man gets 6 years in Ottawa human trafficking case involving girl, 17” published by the Canadian Press is on the topic of human trafficking and takes place in Ottawa , Montreal and various other places. “A Slow War on Human Trafficking” published by Julia C. Mead is also on the topic of human trafficking but looks more at the justice system and what should be changed. The academic journal “Perfecting Criminal Markets” I choose further goes in depth about human trafficking and crime and the dangers and consequences that go along with these crimes.
“Montreal man gets 6 years in Ottawa human trafficking case involving girl, 17” published by the Canadian Press , is about to human trafficking. A Montreal man in Ottawa got convicted of human trafficking. He has been sentenced to six years in prison. The accused man was trafficking orphaned teenager girls and forcing them into prostitution. Jamie Brown, who is 24 years old was also convicted for the same crime in August. He was charged of nine counts of human trafficking, assault, and living off money of a prostitute who was under the age of 18. Police say he lured a 17 year old girl from her home located in Ontario. When he lured her into his trap he had forced her to travel between multiple cities, working as a prostitute. The accused man lured these girls by telling them he would be their boyfriend, then threated, abused and bullied the girls. The accused lawyer pleaded for a minimum 5 year sentence for his clients’ crimes. Byron had the strong support of his family by his side during the trial. A 10 year sentence was sought out by the Crown when Byron was the age of 21, stating he was “motivated by greed”. The victim had testified against him in court, Byron got finalized with 6 years in prison. http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Montreal+gets+years+Ottawa+human+trafficking+case/9504208/story.html
“A Slow War on Human Trafficking” published by Julia C. Mead in the New York times is about the justice system dealing with human trafficking. The United States Department of Justice, for three years has found that Long Island is one of the regions across the country where the trafficking of humans is happening. The Justice Department granted 1 million dollars to attempt to combat this problem in Nassau and Suffolk. After a year, the Long Island Anti- Human trafficking task force was created. No traffickers operating in Long Island was arrested and only one victim was forced into prostitution. The investigations on trafficking are very complex and time consuming and they vary on the testimonies of the victims who are scared of the police. In the New York criminal code, there is no statue specifically for human trafficking which makes things complicated for authorities. The justice department then set up organization of training different forces, which helps victims obtain legal residency, find jobs, housing, and a safe environment. “We’re cleaning up the community “said Capt. Steven Skrynecki, police representative. Then there is controversy about what is trafficking and how to distinguish it. "Until you have something on the books that names this as a crime," Ms. Manning said, "honestly, some police officers who come in contact with a trafficking situation may not even recognize that's what they're looking at." -http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/28/nyregion/nyreThen theres gionspecial2/28litraf.html?ref=humantrafficking&_r=0
The academic journal “Perfecting Criminal Markets” presents further research related to my news articles on human trafficking and the law. This journal talks about crimes of illicit drugs, human trafficking, prostitution, and many other various crimes and state how legislators might perfect the criminal markets instead of destroying them as they are trying to do. The author states that criminal laws sometimes may create new dangers and opportunities for such individuals. Lawmakers seem to respond to these problems by imposing additional penalties to their crimes. All this information provided by this journal is linked to my topic and explains how human trafficking and dealt with the law can create dangerous situations in the criminal world.
An academic discipline that’s related to my articles is criminology. Criminology is defined as a study of crimes, criminals, victims of crime, explanation of behaviours that cause crime, anti-crime policies, and social control. This academic discipline is related to my articles because my articles talk about crime, criminals, and the law in which are all studies of the discipline of criminology. Human trafficking is a crime and the criminals in my articles were found and charged for this crime. That’s how the discipline of criminology is related to my news articles, there is a clear link.
Human trafficking is a serious crime that is dealt with in many ways with the law. The discipline of criminology clearly links and is relevant to the main topic of crime and law. Through these articles I learnt new things pertaining crime and the law which expanded my main knowledge on the topic.