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Monday, July 8, 2013

Cross on Dual Victimization of Human-Trafficking Survivors

Allison L. Cross (University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law) has posted Slipping Through the Cracks: The Dual Victimization of Human-Trafficking Survivors (McGeorge Law Review, Vol. 44, Issue 2, p. 395, 2013) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

This article examines how jurisdictions respond when human trafficking victims are charged and criminally prosecuted for crimes committed as a result of a then-present trafficking situation. Characterizing such a situation as a "dual victimization," this article argues that all jurisdictions should provide some form of relief to such individuals; ideally, every jurisdiction should provide an affirmative defense an individual may raise during a criminal trial and a vacation of judgment for prior convictions. Furthermore, to prevent dual victimization, jurisdictions should mandate human trafficking training for their law enforcement officers in order that officers in the field would be more able to recognize a victim of human trafficking as a victim and render aid and support.

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