Human Trafficking for Sexual Purposes

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Are Human Trafficking Laws Helping or Hurting?

Thesis Statement – Human trafficking for sexual purposes is an ever growing, global, inhumane plague, but the laws meant to abolish it really are hurting the victims more than they are helping them.

Introduction – Definition of Human Trafficking and statistics.

Main Support Idea #1 – The negative effects of legalizing prostitution.

Main Support Idea #2 – The Trafficking in Persons Report and its down falls.

Main Support Idea #3 – The effects of Raids on the Brothels and other locations.


Human trafficking is a horrendous crime that is eating away at the lives, dignity and freedom of our women and young children and lately, also our men, at a very rapid rate. It is reaping in millions of profit annually for its profiteers. “Anywhere between 700,000 to four million people worldwide are estimated to have fallen victim to Human Trafficking in recent years” (Everts n.p.). As a matter of fact our Florida is one of the top 3 destinations in the United States for trafficked victims as a result of our economy, amount of immigrants present and the industrial sectors among other beneficial factors obvious to the traffickers according to a report from the Florida State University’s center for the advancement of human rights in 2003 (10). It is estimated that the amount of victims today exceeds those of the Atlantic Slave Trade in the eighteenth and nineteenth century by Human Rights Groups. Future victims are promised better jobs, marriage and a better life just to be lured across the borders; others are snatched up and plunged into the violent, vicious deep sea of sex slavery which devours their moral and intellectual attributes as human beings, sometimes forever. They are held captive and suffer injuries, extortion, rape and some are even murdered during this ordeal. Human trafficking for sexual purposes is an ever growing, global, inhumane plague, but the laws meant to abolish it really are hurting the victims more than they are helping them.

There is much debate whether prostitution is directly connected to sex trafficking and fuels it. Human Trafficking as defined by the UN is: The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud or deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. (Leuchtag 10-15)

Some Governments who have legalized prostitution or who encourages sex tourism and Non Government Organizations (NGO) argue that legalizing prostitution will diminish the force, violence and health issues associated with human trafficking, that it should be recognized as a sector because of the gross domestic contribution and it should also become taxable. They claim that the definition should not be as specific but more general. The International Human Rights Network, anti-trafficking organizations and some other Governments on the other hand are rallying that trafficking cannot be separated from prostitution and that the description be as specific as it can be so that there is no one being left out no matter their circumstance. They also noted that there has been a significant increase in trafficking in countries where prostitution has been legalized, as there is a demand to be fulfilled. As a result the girls were treated worse as the legalization gave their owners more power to abuse them mentally, physically and emotionally. STD’s started to spread like a wild fire on a hot summer day as the buyers of sex refused to wear protection and would go between their wives and or girlfriends and the girls. The United States Government however based their decision of the definition on the “majority rules” concept (Leuchtag 10-15). Here is an example of where the law has...
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