Human Trafficking

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Hannah Peabody
Honors Sophomore English
Mrs. Ciesla
April 11, 2012
Human Trafficking “It is estimated that over 27 million slaves exist all over the world today” (Yea 3). This is the greatest amount of slaves in any point in history. Despite efforts from all over the world, human trafficking has become more prevalent overtime and a majority of the population is unaware. Because it is a major global problem in the world today, it is important to be aware of basic facts, prevention, protection and the prosecution of human trafficking. Human trafficking is a crime against humanity. It involves an act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring or receiving a person though force, coercion, or other means, for the purpose
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“For Mexico’s launch, more than a dozen emblematic buildings were lit up blue across the capitol, to raise awareness” (Campaign). There are also various additional campaigns such as the UNODC and the Active Communities against Trafficking. UNODC’s prevention work includes raising awareness among policy makers, law enforcement bodies and civil society.
Worldwide, not many laws exist when it comes to human trafficking. “The passage of the UN Protocol to prevent, suppress, and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children in 2000 marked the first global effort to address human trafficking in 50 years” (Smith). Not many people are prosecuted because of the absence of anti-trafficking legislation in some countries. “Despite more than a dozen international conventions banning slavery in the past 150 years, there are more slaves today than any point in history” (Skinner). Many times, if a sex slave is arrested, she is imprisoned while her trafficker is able to buy his way out of trouble. “In 2006 there were only 5,808 prosecutions and 3,160 convictions throughout the world” (Farrell 56). Clearly there are thousands and thousands more traffickers in the world and convictions for trafficking-related activities brings little or no jail time. Awareness is the most important key to preventing human trafficking. Community led
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