Human Trafficking and Prostitution

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In the United States of America, human trafficking and prostitution is illegal. Human trafficking is the practice of procuring or trading in human beings for the purpose of prostitution, forced labor, or other forms of exploitation (Human trafficking). The buying and selling of children began after slavery ended in the 1860’s, and since then it has become more widespread. The government ruled the act of selling people for profit unconstitutional because it was a violation of human rights. In the past, our government did not do all they could to protect the people from trafficking, currently, there are laws being passed in attempt to eradicate it and in the future, the government should work harder to end human trafficking and prostitution in the United States.
In the past, human trafficking and prostitution has not been given the attention it deserves. Many people believe that this act did not happen in the United States, but this is false. Human trafficking, although it is not as prominent in the US as it is in other countries, still has occurred throughout history. There is an ongoing debate about how human trafficking began. As stated by Julie Wedam, “Some say that the slave trade in which Africans were captured by slave traders and shipped across the Atlantic to the Americas, was the first human trafficking. Others argue that the forced labor of children during the 1700s was the real beginning of what is now known as human trafficking” (Human Trafficking and Culture). A third argument says that human trafficking began in the sixteenth century and came with the transatlantic slave trade. With this, an estimated 9.6 million people were brought over from Africa to Europe and some North and South American col...

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