Human Trafficking : The World 's Fastest Growing Crimes

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Human trafficking is considered one of the world’s fastest growing crimes. The term human trafficking by definition coincides historically and legally with slavery (Soodalter, 2014). According to Soodalter (2014) today’s human trafficking victim can be sold for as little as $100. Before the Civil War, slaves cost a significant amount of money, and in the 1980’s, a slave sold for approximately $1,200. Moreover, in today’s currency, that comes to somewhere between $40,000 to $50,000. This price tag makes the modern slave not only affordable, but also disposable. Thailand, China, Saudi Arabia, Cambodia and Russia are all countries that are ordinarily believed to have a high prevalence of human trafficking, unsuspecting individuals that are not well versed on this topic, do not have knowledge of human trafficking taking place in epidemic proportions in America, at significantly alarming rates (Whitman & Gray, 2015). The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) defines human trafficking as, “the recruitment, transfer, harboring, or receipt of a person by such means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, or fraud or deception for the purpose of exploitation (UNODC, 2015).” Motives surrounding human trafficking constantly comprise exploitation by way of, forced labor, prostitution, sex trafficking, slavery, or the removal of organs (Whitman & Gray, 2015). This paper discusses human trafficking of youth and adolescents and the dynamics of this at risk population, evolution of human trafficking, review of group interventions available, critique of “state-of-the-art” group intervention. Sex Trafficking and at Risk Youth It is imperative that individuals comprehend the fact that victims of human traffick... ... middle of paper ... ...$200 million in Atlanta, Georgia (Polaris, 2015). Seventy to ninety percent of sexually trafficked children in the United Sates have been sexually abused prior to become sex trafficking victims, and they are often runaways of dysfunctional and neglectful families (Alternet, 2013). According to a 2008 John Jay College study near New York, 50 percent of sexually exploited victims were male youth (Alternet, 2013). The average age that which a female enters prostitution is twelve to fourteen years old (Gouty, 2015). The majority of children that are trafficked serve white males between the ages of 25 and 55 years old. However, 40 percent of male youth reported serving female clients (Alternet, 2013). One in six of runaway children are endangered sex trafficking victims, and 68 percent were in the care of social services or foster care when they ran away (Polaris, 2013).
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