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The Lost Sanctuary: Examining Sex Trafficking Through the Lens of United States v. Ah Sou
Cornell International Law Journal (2009)
  • M. Margaret McKeown
  • Emily Ryo, University of Southern California
Abstract
Drawing upon original court records and other previously-unexamined archival materials, this article uncovers the story of one of the earliest reported and documented cases of sex trafficking in American history, United States v. Ah Sou, 138 F. 775 (9th Cir. 1905). Through Ah Sou’s legal challenge, we investigate the development of international human rights norms relevant to sex trafficking and the domestication of those norms in U.S. law. We then examine in detail the remedies presently available for sex trafficking victims and apply those remedies retrospectively to Ah Sou’s case. We conclude that despite the development of the law—both in the United States and internationally—relief for victims like Ah Sou remains illusory.
Publication Date
2009
Citation Information
M. Margaret McKeown and Emily Ryo. "The Lost Sanctuary: Examining Sex Trafficking Through the Lens of United States v. Ah Sou" Cornell International Law Journal Vol. 41 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/eryo/6/