Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery

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Human Trafficking is a horrendous crime that takes advantage of people through the illegal trading of human beings for purposes of forced labor, and commercial sexual/child exploitation. Traffickers tend to prey on the vulnerable, those who want a better life, have little or no employment opportunities, very unstable, and have a history of sexual abuse. With this being popular in society, anyone can easily become a victim. By being an undocumented immigrant, runaway and homeless youth, and a victim of trauma and abuse, you have already put a target on your back. The most popular victims are the undocumented immigrants due to the lack of legal status, language barriers, limited employment options, and social isolation. ("The Victims.") Human beings are not pieces of property and shouldn’t be degraded so low in society, especially an innocent and pure child.

Believe it or not human trafficking started over 400 years ago; beginning when African-Americans were carried over seas and exported to different regions of the world primarily used for hard labor. British settlers in the New World started and ended the slave trade in 1833. By then human trafficking and slave trading made numerous people rich and countless nations were built by these slaves. Decades after, Britain forced countries to adopt the anti-slavery policy. However, this paved a way for white slavery, which was commonly used to describe all forms of prostitution -- licensed and coerced. 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...

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