The Global Problem Of Human Trafficking

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The trafficking or smuggling of humans is not only a national problem, but a global problem as well. Unfortunately, human trafficking has failed to receive the attention it deserves – allowing it to thrive as a lucrative business nationally and internationally. Most importantly, it is thriving in neighborhoods and communities where residents are unaware of its existence. If the time is taken to inform residents about this problem locally and nationally, the community will become vigilant and be able to identify, and form support and rescue networks for trafficked victims who are hidden in plain sight. Trafficked victims are fearful of strangers and this is so because they are physically and psychologically abused by their captors. They…show more content…
Trafficking victims are a diverse group ranging from the most eager to improve their lives to those desperate to escape civil unrest. Human smuggling involves willing and fee-paying illegal immigrants who are in search of opportunities to improve their lives. It is important to understand the forces that create and sustain this global problem. These forces – and the array of initiatives necessary to combat them are far more complex. Trafficking does not exist in isolation. It is connected to economic, political and social forces that increase the vulnerability and desperation of the poor, refugees and migrants, woman and children. Trafficking is one of the most horrific end results of economic and social disparities that increase the vulnerability of millions of people. Such vast inequality allows many within our societies to be considered little more than disposable…show more content…
They often become dependent upon their agents and employers which forces them into an exploitative situation. Debt bondage, (paying the cost for travel) can play a crucial role in strengthening the dependence of trafficked women and girls on their traffickers, since victims often need to pay back the debt. As a result, some women and girls are susceptible to being forced into prostitution and therefore fall under the control of criminal networks. Many trafficked women and girls lack awareness of their legal rights and have no avenue for seeking redress. It is common for woman and children to be trafficked from countries with economic, environmental or political problems, to countries or regions that have a better quality of life. The poverty, lack of opportunities, political and social instability in the communities and countries of origin often force potential migrants to turn to illegal means, including criminal networks. As a result, new human trafficking routes are regularly established and the market for fraudulent travel documents, clandestine transportation, and secret border crossings has developed

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