Essay Halt Human Trafficking: A Global Fight for Human Rights

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Are you always aware of your surroundings? Do you ever ponder what life would be like if you were abducted? Slavery is still a harsh global reality for too many victims. What we don’t realize is that slavery is not only a piece of history we read about in textbooks. Rather, a realistic element of our world’s current events. The threat of human trafficking endangers citizens of all countries. Victims of modern day slavery comprise a diverse group of men, women, and children of all ages and social classes. These people are trafficked, like drugs, across several borders into a life of sexual exploitation, harsh labor, and severe mental, and verbal abuse. Awareness is imperative to the prevention of human trafficking. The ability to recognize,…show more content…
Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or removal of organs (Newman 17).

Defining human trafficking has enabled nations to develop laws and policies against this form of slavery. Theses policies aid law enforcement in identifying trafficking victims and persecuting their offenders (Anker 5). The most important key to justice is the ability to properly identify human trafficking victims. Some common indicators of human trafficking include lack of identification or control of identification documents, coached testimonies, forced sexual assault, lack of free movement, deprivation of food, sleep, and medical care. According to the Department of Homeland Security’s Human Trafficking Indicators pamphlet, victims may be in a nation where they do not speak the native language: disabling them from effectively communicating their situation in an attempt to escape. Nearly 1 in 5 victims of human trafficking know their trafficker; creating an illusion of normalcy for law enforcement
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