Throughout the globe, whether a country is highly developed or unstable, all countries must face the issue of humanitarian crisis. These misfortunes can be triggered by human action or can occur involuntarily. Ranging from natural disasters, to diseases, to internal or external conflict, each has been proven to be detrimental to the stability of the society. Haiti has recently gotten attention for being simultaneously affected by multiple crises; each of which helps to place Haiti in a trap which they cannot lift themselves out of without foreign intervention and aid. Organizations such as the Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN), a collaboration between Jesuit universities, are in place hoping to promote awareness and understanding of humanitarian crises. To express their mission, JUHAN has compiled ten learning objectives which highlight the key underlying factors composing crises. The humanitarian crisis of focus is the event of human trafficking within Haiti; comprehending what factors may cause this crisis and the effects it has on the productivity of the country, will allow one to devise a response which can alleviate the problem.
Human trafficking is the modern day equivalent to slavery, involving mainly women and children of lower economic standing. The two prominent examples of trafficking noted within Haiti are forced child labor and the sexual exploitation of women. A common issue which arises is that many families do not have the funds of the resources to support their children, in turn, the parents will send their children off to live with a family that provide them with food and an opportunity at an education. As compensation for housi...
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... forces of Haiti should work in alliance with the Dominican Republic, managing who crosses the border and for what reasons. However, each of these efforts are useless if the country does not first restore the judicial system; if there is no operating judicial system, then individuals caught aiding human trafficking are not able to be prosecuted. Finally, the country should invest time and efforts into organizations which will provide support and guidance for the restavek children and the sexually exploited women. (2005 Trafficking in Persons Report) If Haiti were to successfully pursue all of these improvements, the country would be far on the track toward alleviating human trafficking. Although there is a great chance the crisis will never completely disappear, any relief from the onerous effects will enable Haiti to get back on its feet and rebuild their nation.
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