The Terror of Human Trafficking
Colorado Technical University Online
In society today there is a very malicious terror sweeping our Nation know as human trafficking. In America we often times don’t realize the severity and prevalence of this crime. It is happening right under our noses. Human trafficking is the act of people being ripped from their home country by manipulation, or force and made to work for no or very low pay. The victims of this crime are normally forced to do highly exploitive and degrading work. Human trafficking is the modern day slavery and has become more and more prevalent in many Countries such as, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Indonesia and many more. Because this crime is often overlooked or under rated we could never know the full scale and effect of human trafficking. The United States has gathered some statistics as follows: Approximate 27 million people in modern day slavery. There are approximately 800,000 people trafficked across International borders each year, reported in 2007. Fifty percent of the victims are children and eighty percent are women and young girls. Out of these percentages seventy percent of these are trafficked into the sex trade industry (“Human Trafficking Statistics”, 2007).
Trafficking is said to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. The profits made are estimated at about 5 to 9 billion a year. Examining the profit helps us to appreciate the severity of the crime and the lengths people are going to get smarter methods of successfully transporting and trading humans. Let’s take a moment to examine the poor victims of such crimes, victims under the Federal Trafficking Protection Act of 2000 include Adults and children who are forced to perform labor or any involuntary service by slavery or bondage. In addition victims include minors who are forced into sexual acts (www.actioncenter.polarisproject.org). To even imagine a... [continues]
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