The Under Estimated Threat
The first time I heard the topic of human trafficking I thought this simply cannot be happening, and if it did, how come no one including myself knew about it. It happened when my family and I were stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany back in 2010. as a parent of three boys and a girl I wanted to know more about it to educate my self, and become more aware of what human trafficking was. I did not want to just look away as many of my friends did. Human trafficking is not smuggling, or volunteer prostitution that only happens overseas as most Americans think. It is the recruitment, transportation, transfer and receipt of people by the use of force, threat and abuse of power. Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery. Traffickers recruit minors into commercial sexual exploitation, an unknown number of U.S citizens and legal residents are trafficked within the country for sexual servitude and force labor. As parents we are the first teachers for our children. Education is the key, it is critical we know how these traffickers work and teach our young men and women how these evil traffickers work. Our kids are extremely vulnerable as the United States it is not exempt from human trafficking. It is a must that this topic be addressed and thought at our children’s high schools and colleges nationwide. Teachers must immerse into what human trafficking is all about.
Human trafficking is known by many names, such as forced labor, or modern day slavery. It is a violation of human of human rights, year after year, thousands of women men and children fall into the trap of these traffickers within their own country or abroad. Almost every country is affected by this horrible act; human trafficking is not just a problem in other countries. Cases of human trafficking have been reported in all 50 states. Human trafficking can affect children or adults, U.S. citizens or foreign nationals, male or female. In 2010 human trafficking became the number one crime worldwide (Dept. of State). Every ten minutes a person is affected in the Unites States but around the world this only takes one minute.
In our country alone, it is estimated that there are 2000,000 slaves, with thirteen being the average age for entry into human trafficking. Young kids freedom is taken away experience mental, physical and sexual abuse, in addition to term damage to their self-worth and self esteem. Children at risk are not just in high school, the traffickers will prey on children as young as nine years old. They target through social media websites, chat lines, after school programs and malls where our children love to hang out. Currently, our country ranks 134th in human trafficking with an estimated 60.000 people trapped in this bondage. It is so important for parents and educators to be versed in this modern day slavery, to open our eyes and are fully prepare to deliver this information with shock value and very descriptive details about what really goes on when a person becomes trapped in this horrible act.
With awareness at a low, human trafficking is happening on a larger scale in the United States. The largest hub within the U.S. for human trafficking is Florida and California. Enforcement officials are doing their best to put an end to this very profitable business, unfortunately other current issues take priority in our high schools. Our public awareness and involvement is a must to end it for good. Our children were born in the land of the free and we as parents and educators must raise awareness to make sure they are indeed free. It is very unfortunate that most citizens are unaware of the extent of this issue, and this is why public education and getting involved is the key to combating trafficking.
Employment agencies overseas are utilized to deceive young girls and boys into what they promised them to be the perfect jobs. They are very meticulous and work very hard throughout the whole process,...
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