The United States has one of the largest percentages of trafficked humans worldwide, however so many individual are unaware of this issue. As many as 17,500 individuals are thought to be trafficked into the United Stated annually, and some have estimated that 100,000 U.S. citizen children are victims of trafficking within the U.S. (Siskin & Wyler, 2010). Since many cases go unreported, these estimates may be fewer than the actual number of victims in the US. There is substantial evidence that supports the ideology that woman and children from low socio-economic status are most likely targeted (Okech, Morreau, & Benson, 2011), of all the people trafficked each year about 70 percent of women and 50 percent are children that are mainly forced into the sex trade (Human Trafficking Statistics). Among socio-economic problems, the trafficking business feeds on conditions of vulnerability, such as family conflicts, natural disasters, youth, ignorance, gender, social exclusion, political instabil...
According to Van Wormer & Bartollas (2014), sex trafficking, “encompasses the organized movement of people, usually women, between countries and within countries for sex work” (p. 289). Sex trafficking is also a very lucrative business, it is estimated to make $31. 6 billion annually. This amount is estimated from the 2.5 million people who a trafficked each year. The exact number of people who are victims of the sex industry cannot be predicted accurately for all over the world. In the United States alone there is about 14,500-17,500 people trafficked each year. Human trafficking it the third biggest organized crime after drug and arms trafficking (Hodge, 2014). Young men make up about 44% of people being trafficked, while women and girls
Kotrla, K., & Wommack, B. A. (2011). Sex Trafficking of Minors in the U.S.: Implications for Policy, Prevention and Research. Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk: Vol. 2 (Iss. 1), article 5.
Domestic sex trafficking is the vile new innovative business model used in the sex industry to promote prostitution. The myth about sex trafficking is that it is a foreign not a domestic problem. Sex trafficking is a very lucrative business. The “John’s” create a demand and the “pimps” provide the supply. Child abuse, child neglect, pornography, pedophilia and prostitution are all links in the chains that enslaves America’s children for the pleasure of adults.
Sex trafficking is the tragic and horrendous reality that is modern day slavery. It is forced prostitution and it is illegal, but the punishments are not properly enforced. It is a worldwide issue, existing virtually everywhere. Sex trafficking needs to be put to a halt! About 600,000 to 800,000 children, men, and women are trafficked across the world per year, of which 80 percent are female. This means that each year about 640,000 female children, teens, and adults are sex trafficked. Aside from this there are already about three million women and girls in the sex trafficking business worldwide. ( Kristof and WuDUNN, pg 10) This is only based upon trafficking across international borders. Sex trafficking within the same region holds about 2 million minors. (Half the Sky) And worst of all these amounts are probably below what they should be because these are based on what each country reports. What the government doesn’t find or chooses not to see remains hidden and unknown. Sex trafficking continues because of corruption, culturally engrained beliefs, indifference, greed, lack of proper punishment, and the weak and easily malleable girls that comprise the business.
Sex trafficking involves commercial sexual exploitation, is a gendered phenomenon whose victims are overwhelmingly women, and includes both international and domestic cases, in which there is no border crossing. Non consenting adults and all children forced into sexual activity (commercial or otherwise) deserve the full protection of the law and perpetrators deserve full punishment by the law. According to Linda Smith and Samantha Vardaman, child prostitution is “in cases where children under eighteen years of age are being prostituted, they count as victims of sex trafficking by definition, irrespective of whether they self-identify as victims.” While the U.S. federal government encourages states localities to identify and criminalize sex trafficking victims, the widespread failure of state and local governments to do so results in failure by the United States to comply with its own “minimal requirements for the elimination of human trafficking” articulated in the TIP report. If prostitution was legalized and sex workers had a good relationship with law enforcement. Law enforcements can use sex workers as vital key information sources to uncover sex trafficking rings. Prohibition of prostitution only provide cover to sex traffickers because it gives them the power to use the law to threaten women victims, particularly the younger ones. Women and children, who are forced against their will into
At least 20.9 million people will fall victim to being bought and sold for sexual exploitation (equailtynow.org). More needs to be done for those 20.9 million innocent people who have had their whole life ripped away from them. “Sex trafficking happens in every state, in every community, in every jurisdiction. It’s big business and it’s one of the worst crimes imaginable (aradillas).”
In the article “Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in the United States,” Kimberly Kotrla discussed the disheartening facts of what’s going on in the United States under our noses. Today more and more people are finding out about this sad industry. In Alaska my brother goes out in the streets to help save these girls in sex trafficking. Knowing my brother is doing something to end this made me feel proud while reading this informative essay.
An estimated 20.9 million people are currently being trafficked worldwide (The Polaris Project, 2014). According to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA, reauthorized in 2013), sex trafficking is defined as, “A commercial sex act induced by force, fraud, or coercion, and/or in which the person induced to...
Kayley Whalen wrote, “Sex trafficking is a modern form of slavery in which commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion” (10). Child prostitution and sex trafficking have increased highly over the years, in the U.S. and internationally. Children, victims of sex trafficking and prostitution, leave home because of abusive home lives, then are harmed in prostitution, and are traumatized by their experience.