Sex Trafficking: What The Law Should Be

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The act of sex trafficking has been around for many years and has always been a problem. This industry has harmed millions of people lives each year and yet there is still little action being done to stop it. Trafficking is defined as the act of forcing a person to do something, and in this case it is forcing people to sell their bodies for sex (Morrison 9). The industry of sex trafficking was originally started in 1994 and makes a preposterous amount of money, which ranges from five to seven billion dollars per year to the owners of the slaves (7). This industry is seen in many countries, including Spain, Russia, India, Germany, Brazil, United States, Mexico, and most of eastern Europe. These are just some of the big countries that partake in sex trafficking of humans, but the United Nations estimates that 127 countries are in this business and between two to four million people are being trafficked around the world today (7). These numbers are so large that this industry has been identified as the fastest growing industry in the world (7). Of these major countries, those present in Europe are seen as the worst in this industry (Andrijasevic 26). These countries traffic between 700,000 to 1.5 million people (Goodey 26). Any person can be a victim of sex trafficking, but women and children are often the ones that get caught in this industry. Most often women between the ages of sixteen and nineteen are the main targets. The reason these girls are the biggest targets is because they are trying to move away from home and into bigger cities or countries such as France, Spain, and Germany (Andrijasevic 24). These men who own them offer to buy a visa in these countries for them and a plane ticket to get there (24). After a... ... middle of paper ... ...D. "Human Rights Or Wrongs? the Struggle for a Rights-Based Response to Trafficking in Human Beings." Gender and Development 10.1, Trafficking and Slavery (2002): 28-37. Web. Morrison, John. "The Trafficking and Smuggling of Refugees the End Game in European Asylum Policy?" (2000): 1-104. UNHCR. Web. Apr. 2011. Pearson, Elaine. "Half-Hearted Protection: What does Victim Protection really Mean for Victims of Trafficking in Europe?" Gender and Development 10.1, Trafficking and Slavery (2002): 56-59. Web. Pickup, Francine. "More Words but no Action? Forced Migration and Trafficking of Women." Gender and Development 6.1 (1998): 44-51. Web. Stone, Anya, and Martina Vandenberg. "How the Sex Trade Becomes a Slave Trade: The Trafficking of Women to Israel." Middle East Report .211, Trafficking and Transiting: New Perspectives on Labor Migration (1999): 36-38. Web.

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