Human trafficking is an illegal trade in human beings for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor. Human trafficking is modern form of slavery and is the second largest fastest growing criminal industry in the world and profits billions of dollars in business. After the drug trade human trafficking is the second biggest organized crime in the world. Millions of victims are entrapped and exploited every year in this modern form of slavery. Human trafficking is a crime that strips people of their rights, ruins their dreams, and robs them of their dignity. Human trafficking is a global problem and an issue and has been growing since the 1700’s. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act was created in 2000 (Polaris Project, n.d.). The Act is broken down into three parts which are prevention, protection, and prosecution. The prevention portion of the acts states that there needs to be an office set up within the state department which is monitor and combat the trafficking issue. It also makes a point to inform the public that human trafficking is out there to prevent potential victims, and insist on the creation of a task force that was special trained to fight it (Polaris Project, n.d.). Protection was created to protect those who have been victims of trafficking. It includes protection and assistance to those who have been affected by trafficking by giving non-Americans a T Visa and continue presence in the US. The T Visa and the continued presence are given to those victims to stay in America as long as they agree to continue to assist law enforcement in their investigation. Prosecution was put into place to make sure that those convicted of trafficking are punished (Polaris Project, n.d.). Human Trafficking is an abuse of human rights that forces those who abducted to work as prostitutes (Crime Victims Rights, n.d.). It also has people working in quarries, sweatshops, on farms, as domestic an as child solders. It is currently the third most profitable criminal activity taking place in the United States, coming in behind drugs and arms trafficking. The problem has gotten so heated around the word, that the United Nations has even taken part and offering to help draft laws, create comprehensive national anti-trafficking strategies and even give resource on how to implement them (untied nations Office on Drugs and Crime, n.d.). Becoming a slave though trafficking is easer then one may think. The people are tricked with the possibility of marriage and jobs (Crime Victims Rights, n.d.). They are promised a better life here in the states and then they are informed that there is a change of plans when they get here. They are keeping under the criminal thumb with the threat of violence, and that threat is very real. They also are given drugs to become addicted so that they will continue to work for the drugs. The public opinion speaks strongly against human trafficking. In October 2000, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) (Public Law 106-386) was enacted. Trafficking Victims Protection Act goals are to prevent human trafficking overseas, protect victims and help them rebuild their lives in the US with Federal and state support, and under federal penalties prosecute traffickers. This not the only thing being done to fight against human trafficking. Several organizations or cities have joined together to create organizations or movements to stop human trafficking. When researching human trafficking, there where two websites that we came across that contained information about fighting against human trafficking. One website is holding campaigns called “Not for Sale” which was inspired and coordinated by a group of students, artists, entrepreneurs, people of faith, athletes, law enforcement officers, social workers, politicians, etc,. They united to fight the global slave trade and end human trafficking. The site shows reports, events, programs, projects and...
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