The ‘discovery’ that the commercial trade in human beings still exists has sparked renewed interest in suppression of slave trading and related practices. This chapter charts the gradual criminalization of slave trading as a transnational crime. It then examines the evolution of its modern analogue, human trafficking, and the related form of irregular migration (migration outside a legal framework), migrant smuggling. Chattel slavery entailed the assertion of legal rights of ownership and/or possession over one human by another, rights that could be alienated by...
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