Human Trafficking: A True Global Problem

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While this may be the 21st century and the process of globalism is in full force, making the world seem far closer together politically and economically, there remain remnants of the past that, while abhorrent, still exist. In some countries children are married as early as 9 years old, 7 year olds are put to work in factories, human organs are harvested and sold to the highest bidder, and slavery and trafficking in human beings remain global problems (Heiner, 2007). Sex trafficking is a global problem. Between 他 to 2 million women and children are smuggled across borders each year for the purposes of sexual slavery. Surprisingly, after the fall of the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe is one of the focal areas for the issue; with a black market economy comparable to the slave trade at the height of the Colonial Expansion into the New World (Farr, 2004). The trade is not always overt, but it is viewed by such agencies as Interpol as "the recruitment, transportation, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, or deception, the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of one person having control over another, for the purposes of exploitation" (Human Trafficking, 2009). Human trafficking and smuggling are some of the fastest growing areas of international criminal activity a true global problem. Trafficking targets persons
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