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“Trafficking may answer a demand, but the cost is too steep for this ever shrinking world to bear” (Feingold, p. 32). Human trafficking exists as an intensely globalized issue that victimizes people from all walks of life. Unfortunately, most major international and federal anti-trafficking laws have only been implemented within the past twenty years. The trafficking of men and boys certainly constitutes a minority share of this issue, but receives a disproportionately low share of attention in the fight against trafficking. This becomes especially prevalent when analyzing our international legal systems. Traffickers within the United States and India continue to harbor and transport countless victims of trafficking. As a result, both nations have unique local and regional approaches to the issue. Combating human trafficking comes with a unique set of challenges due to its clandestine nature and international component. Unsurprisingly, it needs to be addressed with a certain set of knowledge, which includes a comprehensive understanding of the exploited population. The role of gender within trafficking and anti-trafficking legislation is an important piece of the puzzle, specifically toward the treatment of males. This research will delve into that specific legislation, which will include international protocols such as the TVPA and more focused regional/national laws within each nation. The analysis will emphasize the context behind policy decisions and their ultimate ramifications as it relates to men and boys.



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The Trafficking of Men and Boys in the United States and India: A Legal Analysis