Human trafficking, a terrible crime known as a modern day form of slavery, “Human trafficking endangers the lives of millions of people around the world, and it is a crime that knows no borders” (Obama). Not many people realize the significant number of people human trafficked within the U.S. People forced into human trafficking are victims of modern day slavery because they are forced into trafficking by physical and emotional abuse, they are tricked by false opportunities, and they are often unprotected by the law.
Human trafficking is a problem found all around the world, even in the United States, and
has had been around and discouraged as early as the 19th century. Throughout history in the United States, there has been a continuously tough struggle to abolish slavery. “There are more slaves in the world today than ever before in world history” (Vance 941). There were millions of slaves in America until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation which ended all slavery in the United States (Dormann 1). In present day America, the problem has come back in a new way, known as human trafficking. People of any age and gender, (mostly girls) are trafficked for money and pleasure across the globe as well as the nation. These people may be subject to all kinds of torture and many people within the United States are not even aware this problem is occurring within their nation’s borders. People do not realize the horror of the victims’ situation, even though the victims are living their lives in fear. People that are trafficked have no control over their situation and undergo physical and emotional abuse such as beatings, extreme torture by a gorilla pimp, drugs, forced labor, or family threats.
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