Human Trafficking

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Human trafficking is a serious global issue that needs the awareness and attention of the world. The United Nations Office for Drugs and Crimes identifies human trafficking as “an act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring, or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion, or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them” (UNODC). According to the book Trafficking in People by the policy analysts Clare Ribando Seelke and Alison Siskin, this exploitation can include forced prostitution, ”forced labor and services, slavery, servitude, or the removal of organs” (Ribando Seelke and Siskin 4). Human Trafficking is a violation against fundamental human rights. But even 63 years after the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights that all member states will promote respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, human trafficking is still one of the largest criminal industries in the world (UNODC). However, the efforts of the United States on combating human trafficking have not been very successful so far. Therefore, the United States has to change its policies and collaborate with international organizations and foreign countries to fight this form of modern-day slavery and sustain freedom in our world. There is a lot of ignorance towards human trafficking. First of all, it is often perceived to be the same as human smuggling has to be clarified, but there is an important difference between those two forms of illegal immigration. As already stated, human trafficking is the non-consensual transportation of humans across borders, while human smuggling is the process of helping a person to cross the border illegally, but with the consent of the smuggled person. Human smuggling ends after the border is ... ... middle of paper ... ...2006. Web. 6 May 2011. United Nations. “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” United Nations. UN, n.d. Web. 06 May 2011. United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking. Human Trafficking: An Overview. New York: United Nations, 2008. Web. United Nations Office for Drugs and Crimes. “Human Trafficking.” UN Office for Drugs and Crimes. UNODC, 2011. Web. 05 May 2011. United States. Department of Justice. Drug Enforcement Administration. “Federal Trafficking Penalties.” Drug Enforcement Administration, n.d. Web. 7 May 2011. United States. Department of State. “Trafficking in Persons Report 2010.” U.S. Department of State. Bureau of Public Affairs, 14 June 2010. Web. 07 May 2011. United States. National Archives and Record Administration. “13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.” National Archives. U.S. NARA, n.d. Web. 08 May 2011.

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