According to the United Nation, one out of ten traffickers are ever convicted. Throughout the mid-1990s, most human explanation revolves around the economic concept of supply, demand, risks, and profits. The supply of men, women, and children meet the high demand for sexual services and cheap labor. Russia is an example of corruption in investigating and prosecuting human traffickers. In Russia, approximately between twenty thousand to sixty thousand Russian women become victims of traffickers each year.
Roughly 2.5 million people are trafficked every year, they are recruited through some form of coercion or deception and exploited, mainly for forced labor or sexual exploitation. The market value of human trafficking is approximately $32 billion per year. (Polaris Project.) “This is a global problem, no country is spared.” (Slavery Today). About three out of every 1,000 persons worldwide are trafficked at any given point in time.
The International Labour Organization estimates that women and girls represent the largest share of forced labor victims with 11.4 million trafficked victims compared to 9.5 million men ( ). Trafficking comes in many forms, forcing victims into prostitution, subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude, compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography, and misleading victims into debt bondage (11 Facts. Pg 2). According to federal reports estimate that 14,500 to 17,500 victims are trafficked into the United States each year (What is Human Trafficking. Pg 2).
Trafficking in human beings is now the fastest-growing business of organized crime. Men, women and children are trafficked within their own countries and across international borders. More than one person is smuggled across a border every minute which is the equivalent to ten jumbo jets every single day. And the trade earns twice as much as the Coca Cola brand. (STOP THE TRAFFIK 2014) According to estimates, more than 700,000 people are trafficked every year for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labour.
2. Child Trafficking More specifically then human trafficking, there is child trafficking. Child trafficking is today’s version of slavery that involves transferring a child for the purpose of abuse or illegal activities. According to the U.S. Department of State, “Child/Human Trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world and is the world’s second largest criminal enterprise, after drugs. Child trafficking happens in every single country, including the United States.
The answer is always going to be money and demand. The demand for cheap labor and commercial sex industry business are tremendously high. Approximately, traffickers make billions of dollars per year, in profit by exploiting millions of civilians worldwide. The “Not for Sale” campaign also states that traffickers make on average of $4000 on every victims of forced labor exploitation. Estimates of 2 million children are exposed to sexual exploitation, where the average age for girls in this industry is from ages 12-14.
Rory Carroll Global, Period 4 Human Trafficking is a world-wide undetected problem. Over the past 10 years, 2.4 million people across the globe have become victims of human trafficking, and 80 percent of them, woman/children, are being exploited as sexual slaves. Majority of victims trafficked into this worldwide industry are Eastern European citizens. Eastern European citizens from Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary are the most common victims of human trafficking in Europe. Human Trafficking is known as the “slavery of modern age.” Human rights are being violated everyday in this organized crime.
According to the article, “Human Trafficking: USA”, more than 2.5 million people are trafficked in the U.S (HumanTrafficking). About 1.2 million children are also involved in human trafficking. This accounts than 50% of the human race today. These statistics and percentage are horrifying. This is not just a game to be trading people, but a serious problem that no one considers to prevent.
There is substantial evidence that supports the ideology that woman and children from low socio-economic status are most likely targeted (Okech, Morreau, & Benson, 2011), of all the people trafficked each year about 70 percent of women and 50 percent are children that are mainly forced into the sex trade (Human Trafficking Statistics). Among socio-economic problems, the trafficking business feeds on conditions of vulnerability, such as family conflicts, natural disasters, youth, ignorance, gender, social exclusion, political instabil... ... middle of paper ... ...ent of State). The main goal of the VTVPA was to eliminate trafficking through prevention, protection and prosecution (Okech, Morreau, & Benson, 2011). The prevention efforts included educating the community, law enforcement officials, social service workers, and other professionals. The goal was to identify victims and take measures to prevent habitual trafficking (Okech, Morreau, & Benson, 2011).
The main barrier of awareness has been overcome, but still many million are trafficked across the borders of many different countries daily. Only with public support can the war on human trafficking be put to an end, if everyone pleads with their politicians to increase penalties and arrests on human trafficking this crime on humanity can be put to rest.