We are very pleased to announce that the Special Issue on the nexus between conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking for sexual exploitation in conflict is now published and online!

The United Nations Secretary-General placed emphasis on the importance and urgency of addressing the nexus between conflict-related sexual violence and trafficking in persons for sexual exploitation in the 2018 report on conflict-related sexual violence (S/2018/250, 23 March 2018). Therefore, this Special Issue aims to study the academic and practical perspectives in the themes of the nexus between both crimes during times of conflict, with article contributions from academics and practitioners of different expertise and backgrounds. The articles in this Special Issue illustrate the diverse challenges when one probes into both crimes concertedly, despite the individual progress that sexual violence in conflict and human trafficking in the form of sexual exploitation have made in international criminal justice. This collection of articles in the Special Issue demonstrate the connection of both crimes as well as different expertise and backgrounds of academics and practitioners in order to provide a satisfactory understanding of the issues involved.

It is one of IMPACT’s vision to aim for a world in which human trafficking and conflict-related sexual violence no longer take place by addressing these crimes in concert. With the publication of this Special Issue, it is certainly yet another approach that we are proud to say; us at IMPACT act and make a pact to #MakeAnIMPACT against human trafficking and sexual violence in conflict. 

We thank all the contributors to the Special Issue; Rina Ghafoerkhan, William Scholte, Farah Mahmoud, Milena Adamczewska, Patrick Cammaert, Rosella Pulvirenti, Elena Abrusci, Aimée Comrie, Patricia Viseur Sellers, Yoon Hee-soon, Rabia Akhtar, Anne-Marie de Brouwer, Eefje de Volder, and Chiun Min Seah. And also thanks to the publisher, Paris Legal Publishers and in particular the Executive Editor and Creator of the Journal, Nicole Siller.