Human Trafficking

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Human Trafficking is one of the fastest growing crime industries in the world. Human trafficking is a phrase that is used to describe the various ways in which a person “obtains or holds another person in compelled service” (U.S. Department of State, 2011, p. 9). There are several categories of human trafficking, such as forced labor, sex trafficking, and bond or debt labor. Human trafficking can affect adults and children, with the trafficking in children for sex being particularly bad. Human trafficking frequently goes unnoticed, and victims often blame themselves for their problems and therefore are unlikely to report it. Above all else, human trafficking is modern slavery. The U.S Department of State estimated that between 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked internationally, and between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. And according to another source, 50,000 victims enter the U.S. each year. Eighty percent of victims are female. Although many victims are lured away from their countries with promises of better living and working conditions, more traditional methods include “kidnapping, the sale of individuals by their families, and mail-order brides”. Once the victims have arrived at their destination countries, they’re led to believe that they are “indebted” to their traffickers for bringing them there. While reading Human Trafficking survivor stories on the internet I came across SafeHorizen.org an organization dedicated to helping victims of Human Trafficking. One story on their web, site really caught my interest. “Angela’s story” Angela was a 20-year-old woman from a small village in Latin America. One of ten brothers and sisters, she left school at a very young age so that she could help contribute to the family’s income. Through a friend, she learned of an opportunity to continue her studies while working for a family who was moving to America. The family promised her that they would support her education. After months of...
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