White slavery mainly targeted women and children who were sexually exploited and abused. This became an international problem with women and children being trafficked and sold as sex slaves to wealthy owners, who consistently used them and then relegated them as bonded slaves to work for... ... middle of paper ... ...overview/why-trafficking-exists>. Clawson, Heather J., Nicole Dutch, Amy Solomon, and Lisa G. Grace. "Human Trafficking Into and Within the United States: A Review of the Literature." Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS.
According to the US State department’s 2009 “Trafficking in Persons Report,” at least 12.3 million adults and children fall victim to human traffickers every year (qtd in Haerens 17). Human Trafficking occurs on every continent and has been booming. One reason for the increase in human trafficking is because of globalization. When competing in the global marketplace companies and corporations need cheap labor, and they don’t care where it comes from. This in turn, causes the employment recruiters (the traffickers) to go after their prey (the trafficked).
Sex trafficking is a form of contemporary slavery that induces and forces people into a commercial sex trade against their will. Many factors contribute to the sex trade and the exploitation occurs mostly to women and children. Through the age, gender, class, and race many are trapped in a never-ending cycle of coercion and abuse in order to survive in the corrupt society around them. One of the largest targets for sex traffickers is a child. Since children are considered vulnerable they are easily coerced or kidnapped and made to perform sexual acts for others and live in debt to their owner or pimp.
The trafficking of human beings has evolved and become more universal and serious over the years. Trafficking of people is equivalent to modern day slavery. The duties and expectations of these people are outrageously irrational. The victims are forced to do unthinkable tasks for people they may or may not know. Anyone can be a leader or a victim of human trafficking.
“It is estimated that 14,500 to 17,500 people primarily women and children are trafficked to the U.S. annually” (“Human Trafficking”). Many individuals that are brought into human trafficking are forced to fraud, coercion, prostitution, and abduction. They can range any where from men to women and to even teenagers and younger children ("What is Human Trafficking”). Many sources now tend to call human trafficking the modern day slavery. People who are being trafficked are forced to working for construction companies, massage parlors, hotel services, do housekeeping, agriculture work, and also be forced into prostitution (Lerner).
The online Oxford Dictionary defines human trafficking as, “ the illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation.” Therefore, this is modern day slavery. Women and children are being tortured, abused, and scared physically and mentally for the rest of their lives. Also, once in the sex-trade business it is very unlikely that the victim will come out alive. About 30,000 women and children are found dead each year due to them being victims of sex-trafficking. Many people think of sex-trafficking being an issue in third world countries but the truth is that many of the victims end up in the United States.
Countries around the world have been practicing this business for decades, there are various reasons to why they depend on such a cruel practice. “Poverty and famine are two of the main drivers of human trafficking,” (“Human Trafficking”) also including globalization, “political instability, cultural mores, and a demand for sex workers” (Sex Trafficking”). Men, women, and children can all be victims of this heinous crime. Children are often kidnapped, or the parents will “sell their children to traffickers because they cannot afford to take care of them,” (“Human Trafficking”). Men and women who are
Human Trafficking: A Crime Against Humanity By Jeremy McNeil Due 5/2/2014 Human Trafficking Over the course of history millions of people have been taken and used for the specific purpose of financial gain. The work these victims do range from sexual acts to manual labor. The victims are often taken and moved to a new location that they are unfamiliar with, and they are forced to do work. Human trafficking has ranged from slavery to brothels. People from all walks of life and ages.
“Children being sold for sex at truck stops; servants held in captivity and forced to clean for free, and women forced into the sex industry, forfeiting their earnings.” (Baldas, 2012, p.A.1) Human trafficking, commonly know as ‘modern-day slavery’; “--involves the use of deception and coercion to persuade victims to cross national borders in search of new jobs and better opportunities. Once the target has arrived in a foreign country, he or she is then forced into some form of labor bondage.” (Staff, 2013) Human trafficking does not just happen in developing countries, it can also happen in developed countries. Human trafficking a prohibited crime, that has been around since biblical times, all these men, woman and even children have been across the border and sold into slavery. Human trafficking is when humans are sold into forced labour, sexual exploitation; meaning forced to perform sexual acts for paying clients, or the removal of organs or tissues. Human trafficking is wrong because, its an illegal worldwide problem, violation of human rights, its one of the fastest growing crimes, and its modern-day slavery.
When the words “human trafficking” are heard, most people have mental images of young girls and women being beaten and abused (Walker-Rodriguez and Hill, 2011). Often times people’s mental images automatically assume that these victims of human trafficking are from Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa (Walker-Rodriguez and Hill, 2011). Unfortunately, human trafficking is a global issue (Jac-Kucharski) and happens everyday in the cities and towns surrounding us. Unfortunately, human trafficking isn’t as easy to recognize as other crimes and requires law enforcement officials and the public to understand what types of signals to look for in a victim. It is estimated that each year from 14,500-17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked (Force 4 Compassion, Polaris Project).