Combating (child) human trafficking: a challenge between repression tools and detection of vulnerability

Authors

  • Deborah De Felice University of Catania

Keywords:

Child human trafficking, vulnerability, children’s rights, sexual exploitation, crime, institutional actors, social actors

Abstract

The aim of this article is to reconceptualise the notion of child trafficking by seeking to understand child vulnerability and agency. The research approach focuses on criminal judgements pronounced in Italian courts and assesses how institutional interpretations support perceptions of vulnerability or agency that are often promoted or defined by criminal law perspectives. The attempt is to investigate human trafficking both as a multifaceted phenomenon and as a process to link together the functioning of elements of the human trafficking system that as a prism assumes different shapes in a growing complexity.

El objetivo de este artículo es reconceptualizar la noción de tráfico de menores, por medio de la comprensión de la vulnerabilidad y agencia de los niños. El enfoque investigativo se centra en sentencias penales de juzgados italianos, y valora cómo las interpretaciones institucionales apoyan las percepciones de vulnerabilidad o agencia que son frecuentemente promovidas o definidas por perspectivas de derecho penal. Se intenta investigar el tráfico de personas tanto en su faceta de fenómeno polifacético como en cuanto proceso que une el funcionamiento de los elementos del sistema de tráfico de personas, que, como un prisma, adquiere diferentes formas de creciente complejidad.

Available from: https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1206

Published

28-06-2021

How to Cite

De Felice, D. (2021) “Combating (child) human trafficking: a challenge between repression tools and detection of vulnerability”, Oñati Socio-Legal Series. Available at: https://opo.iisj.net/index.php/osls/article/view/1332 (Accessed: 5 December 2021).

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