Analysis of the Laws relating to Human Trafficking in the Era of Dark Web

Authors: Vrinda Bhandarkar & Amith Castelino, Students, S.D.M LAW COLLEGE, MANGALURU, India



With the advent of exponential technological progress, archaic vices such as slavery have upgraded to a worldwide virtual trade of humans for various immoral and illicit purposes inter alia cannibalism, sexual exploitation, slavery, abuse. The paper briefly analyses festering sore of humanity and its subsequent exacerbation owing to unbridled access to the dark web. Additionally, it seeks to address the mysterious and clandestine nature of the dark web and consequent boost in the perpetration of heinous offences, especially human trafficking, without the fear of being discovered inter alia, owing to the rise of cryptocurrency. Further, the paper provides a bird’s eye view of the domestic legal structure and the relevant international conventions that aim at combating human trafficking. It also provides a quick glimpse into the position of online human trafficking in the light of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. The paper is primarily set on the analysis of a plethora of credible secondary data. Furthermore, the objectives sought to be achieved are manifold in nature: Firstly, in-depth comprehension of the nature, evils and reach of the dark web in the trade of humans. Secondly, analysis of the present legal structure domestically as well as internationally for combating virtual human trafficking. Thirdly, emphasis on the inevitable need for separate legislation that specifically and seamlessly governs human trafficking on the dark web. The paper is mélange of the legal skeleton surrounding human trafficking on the dark web and concludes with certain suggestions and emphasis for ensuring the delicate balancing act of crime regulation and control without privacy violation of users.

Keywords: Human Trafficking, Dark web, Flesh Trade, Child trafficking, sexual abuse


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