Slavery: Human Trafficking

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Human Trafficking When people think of slavery, what usually comes to mind is Africans being shipped out to different parts of the world to work the fields and be slaves pretty much. To some of us, slavery is a thing of the past and it simply does not exist anymore. This, sadly, could not be further from the truth. Slavery is very much alive and increasing our awareness of this subject is vital to getting rid of it once and for all. Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor or for the extraction of organs or tissues, including surrogacy and ova removal. This phenomenon takes place just about everywhere in our world today, even in the United States. In order to better understand the subject of human trafficking, it’s important to know about its origins, its current status, and how to deal with it in a modern world. Human trafficking has been in existence across the globe for thousands of years but there are several arguments about when it actually started. Going back to the slave trade that involved Africans will not be necessary due to the fact that slavery back then, although inhumane, was a norm. The first real example of human trafficking can be traced back to the Industrial Revolution in the 1700-1800’s where children were being forced to work for low wages in atrocious conditions. The word ‘forced’ here means that they did not have any other options in this situation. They simply had to work. The Industrial Revolution was transforming American society. A new class of wealthy entrepreneurs and a prosperous middle class were being created. An increase in industry led to a growth among the working class. Newly arrived immigrants and a high number of famil... ... middle of paper ... ...his problem has been around for thousands of years now. The circumstances are always very similar. Young women, usually teenagers, are lured to foreign countries or states with promises of a better life and job opportunities which end up not being true and the traffickers then force the victims to become prostitutes. One could use Japan during WWII as a terrible but recent example of sex slavery or prostitution in our history. During the war, Japan created a horrifying system that forced women into prostitution all across Asia. “Comfort stations” were set up to house the women. The conditions in these rooms were unbearable and each woman was kept in a small room. Should they be defiant, these women would receive beatings and would be put through all kinds of different tortures. Unsurprisingly, many of the women died of suicide, exhaustion, malnutrition and disease.

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