Human Trafficking And The United States

1066 Words May 20th, 2015 5 Pages
Human trafficking has always been a though subject. Most Americans prefer to believe that this is a problem of the past, that it simply does not occur anymore. Others accept the fact that human trafficking exist, but in a far away reality, an incident homed only in poor, third world countries. This couldn’t be farther away from the truth. Human trafficking is a real and current problem in the United States, California being a hotspot for this issue, and with the Super Bowl in 2016 the problem will only get worse.
According to The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, human trafficking is “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, 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.” Human trafficking and slavery is a direct violation of the Human Rights. It can relate to various articles of the Declaration, but the article that best relates to this issue is Article 4, which states that no one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms. Forcing someone to servitude is a serious crime that affects its victims deeply, and as so, the punishment for its violation should be severe. In California the law that prohibits…
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