A Sad and Cruel Industry: Human Trafficking Essay

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Human Trafficking is the transportation, recruitment, harboring, transfer or receipt of persons, by means of threat, force or other forms of abduction, of coercion, of fraud, of 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. Exploitation includes, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.
It is a lucrative industry; second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable illegal industry in the world. In
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Human Trafficking is the transportation, recruitment, harboring, transfer or receipt of persons, by means of threat, force or other forms of abduction, of coercion, of fraud, of 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. Exploitation includes, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.
It is a lucrative industry; second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable illegal industry in the world. In 2004, the total annual revenue for trafficking in persons were estimated to be between five billion and nine billion dollars. Human tracking often includes school aged children, specifically those not living with their parents, who are susceptible to coerced labor corruption, domestic servitude, or commercial sexual exploitation. As opposed to many other forms of criminality, the trauma experienced by children who are trafficked is often sustained and repeated, leading to severe psychological effects. Trafficked children often suffer from anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, among other conditions. Children who are able to effectively return to their families often pose a substantial monetary burden, due to their lack of

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