What is human trafficking? Human trafficking is the movement of people by means such as force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them. It is modern day slavery. Did you know? 60-80,000 people are trafficked into the United States each year, of those 80, 000 80% of them are women. It is estimated in a study that women ages 18-24 and children as young as 10 both are the most common victims of human trafficking, for reason such as commercial sex or involuntary labour. Traffickers usually target developing countries where opportunities are limited and often comprise of the most vulnerable in society, such as refugees, and other displaced persons. Victims are deceived and lured by coercive and manipulative tactics including deception, intimidation, threats, and debt bondages.
Victims which have been misled and lured into the country are immediately sold as slaves, and women are often forced into sexual exploitation within strip clubs or pornographic production houses or brothels where they are expected to sleep with over 20 men a day unprotected. This is severely detrimental to both the physical and emotional state of victims as many are put through traumatic situations. Victims suffer from lack of food and water supplies, often malnourished and thus negatively affects their health. Furthermore horrid living conditions are also experienced and because of these inhumane conditions most victims of trafficking are traumatized by their experiences, which can lead to thoughts of suicide and depression. In addition they develop a fear of being unsafe or unprotected and suffer from mental instability, especially women who are vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections such as HIV/AIDS, drug addictions and high risk abortions. The United States’ awareness of an increase in human trafficking and lack of protection for victims has led to the formation of many laws. This includes the ‘Trafficking victims protection act (2000)’ which seeks to protect victims...
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