The dehumanization of human beings is a complex problem. To impede and repress the criminal recruitment of individual human beings moved through logistics of transportation and distribution for their ulterior economic exploitation is a multilayer challenge that in this CIVISOL project for Systemic Change we tackle by deconstructing piece by piece to better understand how human trafficking and modern slavery are assembled and made operational and what are the human sources doing so, allowing so.

The symbiotic conducts of trafficking and exploitation are penalized in most countries around the world and the reason why there is even a UN platform for facilitating global cooperation between countries states (the Palermo Convention) in order to coordinate their national efforts in the transnational persecution of the organized crime that deals with human beings as tradable goods for the profit of some and the pleasure or moneysaving efforts of others – The criminal reproach by which a given state imprisons the people who deploy such forbidden conduct is the reification or commodification of women or men, in view of extracting profit and economic growth from their physical bodies, or their integral capacity as human beings. In our contemporary societies the rule of law allows human beings to work and to offer their work and demand other people’s working capacity by agreeing a price as salary or retribution, which allows to invite to move and travel and to accept or reject, or to revoke the acceptance already given. Human trafficking and exploitation, on the other hand, is the denial of all the dignity and liberty between a human rapport, the overall denial of one human being to treat another human being as his/her equal in terms of autonomy and dignity, thus subjecting him/her as a thing or animal to own and control.

The challenge that the JACTREX initiative for systemic change seeks to overcome is the misunderstanding or re-interpretation of the crimes of human trafficking for exploitation and criminal exploitation of human being. By doing so humanity can therefore rely on an effective justice response from state authorities – not just any response – and consolidate and strengthen its protection and reparation capacity, as well as the action of civil society that complements and/or monitors such penal justice of the state. This will bring as a result that the justice system can be more strategic in profiling exploitative cultures and markets of human beings, raise awareness and educate on signs of caution and alert to criminal acts and actions, support and the victims process of judicial collaboration with authorities, the claims of restorative justice, and nest the conditions for no-repetition.

The JACTREX core challenge is to build knowledge, chiefly, from the global south and from the bottom up on the ever changing human trafficking process and the criminal ways of exploitation of individuals, in order to educate and disseminate precise understanding around these conducts and the needed or expected unique and effective response of the state.