January 01, 2019

Healthcare Law and Human Trafficking: Concerns for Lawyers

Regina M. Paulose, Miami, FL

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the international community in 1948, sets out human rights that should be protected by all nations. In the Declaration, it specifically states that "no one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms."Sadly, modern slavery, which includes human trafficking, still exists throughout the world and is a billion dollar industry2 Even with all of the advancements in law enforcement and technology, the United States saw an increase in reported cases in 2017, with the highest numbers of cases in California, Florida and Texas.3 Victims can be and are from any demographic range and can be people from the United States who are trafficked domestically, despite misconceptions that it is only people from other countries who are trafficked.

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