Are Anti-trafficking Initiatives Failing to Identify and Help the Victims?

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In the words of Wayne Dyer “Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery” (Brainy Quote). Today there are millions of modern day slaves all around the world of human trafficking. Some countries are more troubled with this problem than others, and it’s often accompanied with other crimes. There have been undertakings done to prevent and stop human trafficking, but 20 million men, women, and children all over the world still suffer from being sex slaves (Joseph 1). Programs do exist to prevent and put an end to human trafficking, but their actions alone are simply not enough. Therefore, anti-trafficking initiatives are failing to identify and help their victims. “Human trafficking coerces and persuades their victims to cross national borders in search of new jobs and better opportunities and after that they are forced into some sort of labor bondage” (At Issue: Human Trafficking 1). Even though trafficking is a problem in almost every country; poorer countries have a bigger problem with it because they are more desperate for work. Just in 2000, the U.S. enacted their first federal anti-trafficking law, called the Victims of Trafficking Protection Act (At Issue: Human Trafficking 1). Trafficking has just begun to receive notice on how big of a problem it actually is. “Proponents of strict anti-trafficking initiatives say that laws and prevention against trafficking are necessary in order to stem the growing tide of large scale organized crime that profits off of smuggling and trafficking” (At Issue: Human Trafficking 1). Many organizations and programs are working to stop human trafficking and its insubordinate criminals. Organizations, such as the United Nations Conven... ... middle of paper ... ...they may not have any other way to support themselves or their families (Fabiola 2). If there were better prevention programs that would educate people about how to avoid situations of being fooled into false opportunities maybe a lot these dilemmas within the those programs could be averted. Work Cited BrainyQuote. Xplore, n.d. Web. 25 Nov. 2013. Joseph, Sharon Simpson. "Research Crucial to Save Children." Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 18 Jan 2013: A.16. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 22 Nov 2013. Ortiz, Fabiola. "Brazil: Lagging in Fight Against Human Trafficking." Global Information Network. 20 May 2013: n.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 22 Nov 2013. "Street Life, Street Death." Economist. 06 Nov 2010: 58. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 22 Nov 2013. Thrupkaew, Noy. "Beyond Rescue." Nation. 26 Oct 2009: 21-24. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 22 Nov 2013.

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