The terms “human trafficking” and “human smuggling” are often thought of as interchangeable due to their similar connections with irregular migration and the clandestine movement of people. However, trafficking and smuggling maintain their own differences, especially pertaining to their organizational dynamics, their forms, and their voluntary and involuntary natures that revolve around trust and exploitation. Current understandings of these terms stem from the widely accepted United Nations Protocols that were resultant from the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.
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"Smuggling Versus Trafficking: Do the U.N. Protocols Have It Right?,"
Human Rights & Human Welfare: Vol. 9:
1, Article 33.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.du.edu/hrhw/vol9/iss1/33