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Human Trafficking Research Guide: Getting Started

This guide focuses mainly on the specific sources of information that inform the study of the human trafficking law and policy. This guide specifically aims to support the research of law students writing an upper-level paper on the topic of human traffic

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This is an alphabetical list of FSU databases useful for researching legal issues dealing with the law of human trafficking. For a complete list of all FSU Law Databases, click here.  

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Writing a Paper?

Narrow your topic on which you can write a 20-30 page paper. Select a topic that addresses a human rights law question that is of interest to you and also is original and topical.

To find ideas for your topic, check out the following news sources:

Look for circuit splits or conflicts in the law. To find circuit splits, consult some of these specific sources:

Once you've chosen a paper topic you'll need to review the legal literature for a preemption check to be sure that another legal scholar has not already covered your topic. This tutorial will guide you on how to do this.
Use these sources in a preemption check:

Beginning Research?

These specialized search engines will access materials from only human rights web sites, making your search results much more relevant than a search from a generic search engine. Try them!


Human trafficking involves the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receiving a person, by threat, use of force, coercion, or abduction for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include prostitution, forced labor, slavery, servitude, use of child soldiers, or the removal of organs.
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