Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

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Trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry that affects the lives of millions of people, especially young girls and women. In an effort to combat this issue, the United States enacted the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in 2000. The Act has had some positive effects on the trafficking industry, but its preventative measures overlook or fail to deal sufficiently with some key factors: human rights issues, gender and economic inequalities, and sensationalism of the sex industry.

This Note discusses these three issues and their importance in establishing more effective preventative measures. Additionally, this Note looks to two approaches to trafficking, the human rights approach and the U.N. Protocol approach, and discusses how incorporation of these two approaches into the Trafficking Victims Protection Act would provide a better framework within which to combat the trafficking industry.