Human Trafficking : A Public Health Problem Within The United States

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Human Trafficking Human trafficking is a public health problem within the United States and Internationally. The victims subjected to the lifestyle of human trafficking can have sexually transmitted disease, HIV virus, and AIDS. It is an estimated 30,000 victims of human sex trafficking dying each year from abuse, disease, torture, and neglect. According, to U.S. government an estimates, of 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders annually, and up to 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States each year (Hodge, 2008). “According to United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), over the past 30 years, over 30 million children have been sexually exploited through human trafficking” (Random Facts, 2015, para. 24).
According to National Center for Missing & Exploited Children who works with federal, state and local law enforcement: in 2015 there was more than 4.3 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation calls receive through the Cyber Tipline. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Center also analyzed more than 139 million images and videos depicting apparent child pornography through the Child Victim Identification Program. The Child Victim Identification Program is the world’s largest database of child pornography that is maintained by the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the United States Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing Exploited Children. (National Center for Missing & Expolited Children, 2015)
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