Title

The Sex Trade: Trafficking of Women and Children in Europe and the United States

Monday, June 28, 1999
10:00am
432 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20002
United States
Members: 
Name: 
Hon. Chris Smith
Title Text: 
Chairman
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Witnesses: 
Name: 
Anita Botti
Title: 
Deputy Director for International Women's Initiatives
Body: 
President's Interagency Council on Women
Name: 
Steven Galster
Title: 
Executive Director
Body: 
Global Survival Network
Name: 
Louise Shelley
Title: 
Director
Body: 
Center for the Study of Transnational Crime and Corruption
Name: 
Laura Lederer
Title: 
Director
Body: 
The Protection Project
Name: 
Wendy Young
Title: 
Washington Liaison and Staff Attourney
Body: 
Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children

This Commission examined an escalating human rights problem in the OSCE region: the trafficking of women and children for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Trafficking in human beings is a form of modern-day slavery. When a woman or child is trafficked or sexually exploited by force, fraud, or coercion for commercial gain, she is denied the most basic human rights enumerated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and numerous international human rights agreements. Although trafficking has been a problem for many years in Asian countries, it was not until the end of communism in East-Central Europe and the break-up of the Soviet Union that a sex trade in the OSCE region began to develop. The hearing looked into the U.S. and the global response to this appalling human challenge and what else could be done to address it.

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