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sex trafficking 3/4/09

Sitting comfortably in our safe, heated houses, the worst worries on our minds are relationship problems or the latest drama. In reality, our minor problems are nothing compared to those involved with the underground industry of sex trafficking. Sex trafficking, the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act for profit (dictionary.com), is a major issue in the world today. This is a problem that mainly stays behind closed doors; it is not often talked about or acknowledged. Though, this issue is affecting the lives of so many more than you would imagine, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked for forced labor and sex worldwide each year (U.S. Department of State). This statistic is not just another number, each one of them is a real person, a young girl, a scared teenager, a human being with feelings like you and I. There are several causes of this problem and several impacts, many of which most of us are unaware of. Without learning about this problem, this statistic not only will never change, but it will get worse. A large number of key factors go into making the horrifying industry of sex trafficking a successful business in areas of the world such as Southeast Asia. This region lives in extreme poverty, with most families making little to no income. Families here are desperate for money to survive, and there is a definite lack of employment opportunities. Sometimes one of the only options is selling their own daughters. Traffickers see the vulnerability of these families and tell them that their daughters will be going to work at good paying businesses, and the families let their daughters go without a second thought. Some know what is happening, but just see their daughters as a paycheck. In reality, they are being taken to brothels or places where they earn pretty much no profit....
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