History of Human Trafficking: Children
The issue of trading humans for illegal purposes has been an issue that society has faced for a very long time. No one knows when it first started as it goes back for centuries, but it is still a big issue in the twenty-first century. Human Trafficking is like slavery, except the person is sold off to someone, like a pimp, and then used for sexual acts. One of the biggest problems that society is facing is Human Trafficking of children. According to Wikipedia, the term Human Trafficking is defined as, “Human Trafficking is the illegal trade in human beings for the purposes of reproductive slavery, commercial sexual exploitation, forced labor, or a modern-day form of slavery” (Wiki). Regarding the history of this subject, as stated above, it is not known when it started, but the problem is that it is VERY difficult to get rid of it completely. According to Julie Wedam on Blogspot, she gives some facts as to what some countries did regarding this sort of crime. “The British were the first to make a law against slavery in 1807, when they passed a law that made the Transatlantic Slave Trade illegal. In 1820, the United States followed Great Britain's example by making the slave trade a crime that was punishable by death” (Wedam). Before the 1800s, there were no laws for this kind of thing, so children were forced to become slaves against their own will. Once Britain started making the laws on Human Trafficking, they pretty much set the ball rolling for this sort of issue. Other countries began to follow suit, by making laws of their own. Children are very vulnerable and tend not to have free will of their own, hence, why slave owners prey on the young ones. Children are easily targeted as well, when their own parents are willing to sell them, intentions and reasons unknown. Some people argue that the term, ‘Human Trafficking’ may have had its beginnings in the 1700s, where children were forced to work at a young...
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