The Pros And Cons Of Human Trafficking

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Everyone’s aware of drug trafficking in the U.S and other countries but what about human trafficking? The majority of Americans don’t believe human trafficking has become a problem in the United States nor do they know the real definition of it. Human Trafficking is defined as “an organized criminal activity in which human beings are treated as possessions to be controlled and exploited (Merriam-Webster 1). This crime has existed for thousands of years all around the world. Annually anywhere from 14,000 to 17,000 American citizens are victims of trafficking. Sex trafficking is the most well known and biggest form of trafficking although there are 12 or more different forms of human trafficking. The Department of Homeland Security introduced…show more content…
Forced Labor and Sex trafficking are the most prominent forms of trafficking. Over half of sex trafficking victims are females under the age of 18. When young teenage girls runs away from home 1 out of every 3 will be lured into prostitution by a “pimp”. These men often make bogus promises of a good life in return for prostitution but in actuality these girls are beaten and threatened on a daily basis. While sex trafficking has a large impact of the world, labor trafficking is also an epidemic sweeping across the nation. Labor traffickers often make false promise for a high-paying job or exciting education or travel opportunities to lure people into horrendous working conditions (Polaris Project). The victims of this crime are mainly legal immigrants that are trying to start a new life for their family. Forced labor trafficking encompasses a wide variety of different forms of labor varying from construction work all the way to elderly and child care. Law enforcements do not prioritize labor trafficking because there isn 't enough evidence therefore there are little to no arrest for this
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