Human Trafficking: Sex Slaves

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“It’s impossible to protect all girls from guys like I was, because that’s what we do. We eat, drink and sleep, thinking of ways to trick young girls into doing what we want them to do” (Knapp). This chilling quote from a short documentary is the exact words from an ex-pimp. Human trafficking, as defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary is “organized criminal activity in which human beings are treated as possessions to be controlled and exploited (as by being forced into prostitution or involuntary labor).” This definition does not cover the ways in which people are brought into this chaos; persuasion, some forced, and some even grow up in that environment. Most Americans know it as is international problem that does not affect them; some do not even know what human trafficking is. The truth is human trafficking is happening all around us; it could even be happening in your home town. In the United States alone in 2008-2010 “federally funded task forces opened 2,515 suspected incidents of human trafficking for investigation” and of these 2,515 incidents “8 in 10…were classified as sex trafficking, and about 1 in 10 incidents were classified as labor trafficking” (Banks). The confirmed cases led to 144 known arrests. In the video Slavery Out of the Shadows: Spotlight on Human Trafficking, The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) states that human trafficking is the “second largest and fastest growing illegal industry.” TYLA also states that “trafficking is often mistaken as solely an international problem, but the number of American children at risk of trafficking is ten times higher than the 18,000 international victims trafficking across U.S. boarders each year.” Human trafficking is known as the modern day slave trade. The... ... middle of paper ... ...zens of states pass laws to fight human trafficking.” USAToday. USAToday, 15 Aug. 2013. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. Banks, Duren, and Tracey Kyckelhahn. "Characteristics of Suspected Human Trafficking Incidents, 2008-2010." Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Office of Justice Programs, 28 Apr. 2011. Web. 19 Nov. 2013. Knapp, Jeff. ""Chosen" Review: Documentary Sheds Light on Local Sex Trafficking." Clark College Independent RSS2. Clark College, 22 May 2013. Web. 19 Nov. 2013. Texas Young Lawyers Association, prod. Unknown: Slavery Out of the Shadows: Spotlight on Human Trafficking - TYLA. Texas Bar Foundation, n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2013. CNN, prod. Amber Lyon: Selling Sex?:Confronting Craigslist. CNN. Cable News Network, 13 Aug. 2010. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. CNN, prod. Amber Lyon: Underage sex trade still flourishing online. CNN. Cable News Network, 05 Feb. 2011. Web. 20 Nov. 2013.
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