AbstractsLaw & Legal Studies

Human trafficking - modern day slavery; Menneskehandel i nutidens samfund

by Ene Alicia Søderberg

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2015
Keywords: Human trafficking; Human Rights
Record ID: 1120359
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/18048


This paper aims to approach the concept of human trafficking from a historical, cultural and philosophical point of view in order to cover the two dimensions: History and Culture and Philosophy and Science. It will be focusing on human trafficking, in the form of the sexual exploitation of women, and it’s existence within Europe. With a focus on human trafficking in the form of sexual exploitation of women, the main intention of this paper is to investigate the modern form of slavery through the ideals and purpose of The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and various theories from different philosophers on freedom and slavery, in order to examine the nature of its existence in Europe. To approach our project from a philosophical viewpoint, the concepts of natural law and natural right, introduced by the philosophers John Locke and Thomas Hobbes are taken into account and discussed. The historical and cultural section is focused on an investigation of the different declarations implemented throughout history, with a clear connection to the human rights. In this way, we attempt to examine whether or not the modern political initiatives on the battle against human rights have their roots in the theories of the different philosophers. Furthermore, a discussion on what has already been done and what potential future initiatives can be taken in order to prevent a worldwide issue such as the sexual exploitation of women has been conducted, in order to conclude if a potential solution could be the creation of one common law.