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date: 26 April 2019

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Sex trafficking is a crime prohibited by international law. Traffickers not only violate victims’ rights to liberty and security of persons; they also violate victims’ reproductive rights with potentially devastating consequences for their health and reproductive capabilities. Nonetheless, international antitrafficking and refugee law presents obstacles to viewing trafficking victims as refugees and granting them asylum. International law spotlights the crime of trafficking in persons and treats the human rights of victims as an ancillary matter, and domestic laws follow suit. However, a number of precedents in international and domestic law support construing trafficking victims as coming under refugee law and private oppression as included within refugee law. The chapter concludes by outlining arguments from reproductive rights to expand asylum rights to sex trafficking victims.

Keywords: sex trafficking, reproductive rights, refugee, asylum, human rights

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