Human Trafficking

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Human Trafficking

Jasmine Neal
Academic English 12
Block 1
12/16/11
Every year more than 2.5 million people are taken from their homes, their lives, to be sold into slavery (EXIT, 2011). Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity. In 2003, Bush stated “Governments that tolerate the trade of humans, are tolerating a form of slavery.” Human trafficking is often run by small scale and loosely linked brokers and traffickers (EXIT, 2011).Traffickers take away all basic human rights. Our basic needs and rights such as the freedom to move, to choose, to control our body and mind and to control our future are taken away. Human Trafficking involves the acts of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring, or receiving a person through the use of force or coercion for the purpose of exploiting or using the person (UNODC, 2011). Do not confuse trafficking with smuggling. Smugglers let the smuggled person go upon arrival, trafficked victims are enslaved (EXIT, 2011).Victims tend to be sold to prostitution/sex trafficking, forced servitude, or to drug rings. Sex trafficking is the largest individual sub category of international modern day slavery (EXIT, 2011).Sex trafficking is the process that delivers victims into prostitution. Prostitution and sex trafficking are based on the balance of the supply of available victims and the demand for victims to provide the sex acts (Hughes, 2007). Many countries have started to legalize prostitution to cut down trafficking. Human trafficking is a crime that tears people from their lives and demotes the value of human life. Sex trafficking and prostitution are linked; you can't talk about one without the other. Prostitution is abuse and exploitation (Hughes, 2007). Victims that have been sold and forced into prostitution suffer physical and emotional abuse, rape, threats against their self and family and even death. Victims are exploited through debt bondage, violence, threats and blackmail (EXIT, 2011). In the past year...
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