Human Trafficking at the US-Mexico Border and the Role of the Commercial Sex Trade Client



Lori Celaya, PhD
Assistant Professor of Spanish, Latin America, Border and US Latino Studies, University of Idaho Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

Marta Boris-Tarré, PhD
University of Idaho Department of Modern Languages and Cultures


In spite of efforts initiated in 1926 by the League of Nations, (presently, the United Nations, 1946) or by the members of international organizations that signed the most recent protocols to address the issue of human trafficking in November of 2000, the problem persists and positive outcomes have not materialized. Subsequently, Mexico has introduced national efforts to eliminate human trafficking. In fact, these initiatives are subsequent to the efforts launched by the United Nations in 2000 and were passed in 2007, specifically to address these human rights violations: the first one, “The General Law Granting Access to Women to a Violence-Free Life,” and a second decree, specifically addressing human trafficking, “Law to Prevent and Condemn Human Trafficking” (Acharya 2012, 638-9). These laws are significant, since prior to their creation no legal framework existed in Mexico to address human trafficking.