Many people think of sex-trafficking being an issue in third world countries but the truth is that many of the victims end up in the United States. Human trafficking is an issue that is sugar coated in the United States and not enough action is being taken to help these women and children who are trapped in this tragic lifestyle. The emotional damage that is caused to sex-trafficking victims is unbearable to even imagine. Being rescued from the sex-trade does not end there. Most people do not even think about the emotional pain that these women go through before they can even begin to think about leading anything close to a normal life again.
Doing this on a worldwide basis could help drive demand in the sex industry down, and could encourage women and girls in captivity to come forward without fear of persecution. Trafficking for sexual exploitation is a severe issue for many reasons. Firstly, as mentioned above because it is an illegal act, it is hidden underground. Heather Smith suggests that there are around 1,390,000 transnational sex slaves in the world (Smith, 2011). These people come from 127 different countries; are moved through 98 transfer countries; and end up in 137 different destination countries around the world (Trafficking in Persons, 2006).
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The sex trafficking occurs when the unwilling are being forced to perform sexual acts on or with other humans. Labor trafficking, also known as labor servitude, is when people are involuntarily being required to do unimaginable labor jobs (Corbett). I. Getting lured into trafficking. Most people do not grow up wishing to take part in or be a victim of the horrific trafficking of other human beings.
Human trafficking is a major issue prevalent around the world and within the boundaries of our own country. Many people have come to accept trafficking and other forms of prostitution as socially acceptable. And although most people have come to understand the injustices of the issue, there are certain policies and even values that supersede the morality. With over tens of thousands of women and young children being bought and sold into slavery every day, it becomes clear that this is an issue that needs to be more seriously addressed. The only way to restore to the victims of trafficking their human rights and to prevent this crime from continuing to take place, we must first educate ourselves and understand how it came about, so that we may raise awareness and save those who are most at risk.
This is a detrimental after effect of a growing capitalist society and it directly affects the people that we will be working with in Nicaragua. The direct effects of this economic upheaval and the influx of tourism have been increased rates of the selling of women and children who have been living on the streets. They are a vulnerable population. They unfortunately are the backbone of the growing sex tourism industry. Today, as the government becomes more corrupt there is less of an eye on the welfare of the people.
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