How is Trafficking of Women and Girls a violation of Human Rights?
“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity” (Mandela). Human rights can be defined by United Nations as rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. Victims of human trafficking have had their most basic form of rights taken away from them; rights that they were guaranteed from at the point of birth. This means that they have been stolen of their humanity, as if they were an object. Trafficking is a violation of human rights because it robs women and girls of the rights of freedom of: speech and expression, highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, education, and social interaction.
Primarily, human trafficking violates a victim’s intrinsic right of speech and expression through intimidation and force. In the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, it declares freedom of speech and expression to everyone, without discrimination. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…” (U.S. Constitution). This right was so important to the founding fathers that it was put into the most respected law of all the land: The Constitution. When someone is trafficked, they have these rights taken away from them because they are not able to give consent. “Does a woman really choose to engage in sexual conduct when she consumes alcohol, or goes on a date, or fears what will happen if she attempts to fight rather than submit” (Cianciarulo)? Victims are subject to everything their traffickers do to them because of the unique power they have. Women are threatened, beaten, and deceived by their traffickers which render them unable to assert their own thoughts and take action. A common example is when traffickers tell a woman that she “owes him” for...
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