Human Trafficking

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Stephanie Hepburn states that, "The US is one of the top 10 destinations for human trafficking—with tens of thousands of people trafficked into the country each year." Many people believe that since the United States is the land of opportunities, events like human trafficking do not exist; little do they know it happens everywhere. Human trafficking is a worldwide problem that plagues the United States; many people are oblivious to the issue and action needs to be taken to protect the innocent people who are involved. The United States is a major port for human trafficking and, “Due to the covert nature of human trafficking, it is difficult to ascertain which countries are the primary source nations for trafficking into the US” (Hepburn). People of all ages and genders are at risk to human trafficking (Hepburn). Women and girls make up about fifty-six percent of the people trafficked for forced labor, while men and boys make up the other forty-four percent; children make up forty to fifty percent of those numbers (Hepburn). Ninety-eight percent of the people trafficked for sexual explorations are women and girls (Hepburn). Children tend to be targeted more than adults because they are much more vulnerable. Human trafficking has different forms, and “While trafficking for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation is more publicized in the media, it is not the only form of trafficking that takes place in the US” (Hepburn). Trafficking for the purposes of forced labor is just as likely to occur as trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation (Hepburn). Many citizens have never heard of human trafficking for something other than sexual exploitation. Hepburn shows that, “Forty-three percent are trafficked for purposes of... ... middle of paper ... ...6 Nov. 2011. Hepburn, Stephanie, and Rita Simon. "Hidden in Plain Sight: Human Trafficking in the United States." Gender Issues 27.1-2 (2010): 1-26. ProQuest Research Library. Web. 6 Nov. 2011. Johnson, Teddi Dineley. "Ending Human Trafficking: Health Workers Help to Identify Victims." The Nation's Health 40.8 (2010): 1,1,13. ProQuest Research Library. Web. 6 Nov. 2011. Kara, Sidharth. "Supply and Demand: Human Trafficking in the Global Economy." Harvard International Review 33.2 (2011): 66-71. ProQuest Research Library. Web. 7 Nov. 2011. Miller, John. "Slave Trade." Harvard International Review 27.4 (2006): 70-3. ProQuest Research Library. Web. 7 Nov. 2011. Obuah, Emmanuel. "Combating Global Trafficking in Persons: The Role of the United States Post-September 2001."International Politics 43.2 (2006): 241-65. ProQuest Research Library. Web. 6 Nov. 2011.

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