Peacekeepers, the Military and Human Trafficking: Protecting Whom?


Kirby, Kristi M., and Claude D’Estree. 2008. "Peacekeepers, the Military and Human Trafficking: Protecting Whom?" University of St.Thomas Law Journal 6 (1): 221-45.

Authors: Kristi M. Kirby, Claude D'Estree

Keywords: military sexual assault, militarism, peacekeeping, sex trafficking, commercial sex industry, human rights


This essay discusses the contradiction that is caused by soldiers in the military being given the task of peacekeeping, as “the very idea of nonuse of force and providing conditions for peace goes against the intrinsic values of the warrior ethos” (243). The authors draw attention to the resulting participation of peacekeepers in the commercial sex industry and the subsequent violation of human rights. A recommendation for better training initiatives is made, as well as changes in global participation that stress state responsibility for the training and sending of peacekeeping troops in such ways that reflect the current realities of global involvement. 

Topics: Military Forces & Armed Groups, Militaries, Peacekeeping, Rights, Human Rights, Trafficking, Sex Trafficking

Year: 2008

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