Human trafficking is a 21st century form of slavery that has grown on a global scale from 700,000 estimated people involved in 2001 to 27 million people involved in 2013 according to the U.S. Department of State. This industry generates from $32 billion to $91 billion annually, making it the second most profitable business in the world. The demand for sex slaves is on the rise as more people are sold, kidnapped or tricked into human trafficking. Once in captivity, it is virtually impossible to regain freedom and is why so many women and children are lured into the industry through the usage of intimidation tactics and are exposed to violence and diseases which is why victims require help when they are free. Human trafficking is the “recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, debt bondage or slavery” as defined by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency known as ICE.
Innocent people get acted on by insanely sick humans, resulting in broken families. Unpreventable, unforgivable, unimaginable. According to the article Human Trafficking by the UNODC group, “Human Trafficking appears as the most common form of modern day slavery, the fastest growing business of organized crime, and the third largest criminal enterprise in the world” (2014). Applying information from this article, modern day slavery comes off as human trafficking according to what the victims do and the results. Human trafficking, a terrible form of slavery and involuntary servitude, results in the violation of human rights.
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Will our society ever truly know how many underlying situations are rapidly conquering the world, or will we wait to address them after it has already taken over our lives? Everyday hundreds of millions of objects and souls are being transported and sold between countries and people. These dreadful deals include exchanging drugs, animals, weapons, and the most heinous, humans. Human trafficking is an expanding situation that objectifies and hinders one’s rights and free will to experience life. With gathered information, it is known that human trafficking is becoming the second most trafficked item in the world after drugs.
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It is estimated that every year, traffickers generate billions of dollars because of the millions of victims in forced labor (Polaris Project). Almost 100,000 children are put in the sex trade each year just in the United States (Polaris Project). Human traffickers are not identifying one victim. In the US, studies have shown that traffickers target anyone, no matter your race, age, or gender (Polaris Project). The United States is a trafficking central because of immigration (Kansas City Star).
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