Global disregard: The trafficking of women
Cali, Gina M
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As a serious human rights issue, the trafficking of women for sexual exploitation is a billion dollar illegal industry that affects every country. Whether women are recruited into, from or through a specific country, the marks of trafficking are everywhere. Globally, the United Nations outlines fundamental rights, however, the lack of enforced international humanitarian laws and state policies against trafficking for sexual exploitation, and widespread gender inequality continue to disempower women. The lives of women are lost to an industry that continues violent and patriarchal norms. As a result of normalized gender discrimination in all spheres of life, women experience trafficking in greater numbers than men. By tracing the root causes, detailing the processes and conditions of trafficking and exposing the layers of corruption and general indifference toward trafficking, a clear global epidemic emerges. Using Bosnia and Herzegovina as an example to highlight the extreme form of gender specific sexual violence both during war and in the reconstruction following makes clear the connections between gender and trafficking.