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NCJ Number: 222007 Find in a Library
Title: Trafficking in Women in Canada: A Critical Analysis of the Legal Framework Governing Immigrant Live-In Caregivers
Journal: International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice  Volume:31  Issue:2  Dated:Fall 2007  Pages:191-209
Author(s): Louise Langevin
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 19
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the hiring of immigrant live-in caregivers under the Canadian Live-in Caregiver program.
Abstract: The author examines Canada’s Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) as it pertains to immigration law, social legislation and labor law, human rights, and contract law, and concludes that it runs counter to Canada’s pro-human rights image. The author contends that the Program can foster human trafficking and human rights abuses when compared to the definition of trafficking in women and should be abolished. While the Program itself does not promote trafficking it can create situations where trafficking occurs. In the context of economic globalization, which encourages those from disadvantaged countries to migrate for better economic conditions, the Program could foster the exploitation of women from Third World countries. Additionally, the author argues that the Program, with its strict regulations and unique interpersonal relationships, such as the 2 year obligation to live in the host’s home, violates basic rights for equality and dignity. Endnotes and references
Main Term(s): Canada; Trafficking in Persons
Index Term(s): Child care services; Immigration offenses
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