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Hastings International and Comparative Law Review

Authors

Viviana Waisman

Abstract

Women who are trafficked for sexual exploitation are vulnerable to human rights violations in their country of origin, during their migration, and then in the destination country. This paper examines the existing legal protections available to trafficked women using Spain as an illustrative case study, and offers a new approach for defining State obligations to protect trafficking victims. The author advocates utilizing a due diligence standard framework that requires States to meet their international human rights obligations by granting legal residence to trafficking victims.

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