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Arguments to Reform Mexico’s Anti-Trafficking Legislation

Arguments to Reform Mexico’s Anti-Trafficking Legislation
Arguments to Reform Mexico’s Anti-Trafficking Legislation

By Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera and Arthur Sanders Montandon

In the past few years, Mexico has taken a number of steps to prevent and prosecute trafficking in persons, and to protect its victims. The country’s government has signed international anti-trafficking conventions and taken some aspects of widely-accepted international definitions of this crime into account when drafting its anti-trafficking legislation. However, Mexico’s current legislation is based on a broad definition of trafficking in persons that is inconsistent with international norms which, in turn, has led to misidentification of traffickers and victims, as well as their re-victimization. Mexico’s weak rule of law and corrupt institutions
compound the issue. The present analysis demonstrates the imperative to modify the current anti-trafficking legislation in Mexico and provides some suggestions for this much-needed reform.

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About the Author

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera

Former Fellow, Former Global Fellow;
Professor, George Mason University

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera is Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University. Her areas of expertise are organized crime, migration studies, US-Mexico relations, border studies and international security. She is Past President of the Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS) and is co-editor of the International Studies Perspectives journal (ISP, Oxford University Press).

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