Human Trafficking

1302 WordsJul 11, 20186 Pages
Section One: This bill will work with the U.S government to educate women and young children who may become victims of trafficking, spread awareness, and to have more efficient programs to help the trafficking victims recover. Section Two: Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, currently second after illegal drug-trade. Human trafficking is a violation of human rights and considered to be a form of modern day slavery, the illegal trade of humans for forced labor or exploitation, fortunately it is recognized as a growing issue in the United States. Exploitation refers to the use of other individuals for prostitution or any forms of forced labour. Trafficking victims do not have to be foreign born or…show more content…
Also domestic workers are exposed to toxic chemicals and hazardous conditions and have a lack of legal protection to cover them. In recent years, the United States took a major step against human trafficking by the Trafficking of Victims Protection Act (TVPA). In 2000, the United States passed the TVPA, which was the first federal law in the U.S. created to help victims of trafficking and to prosecute the traffickers. The Reauthorization Act of 2003 reaffirms the U.S. government’s commitment to fighting human trafficking, as stated in the 2000 act, and sets aside another $200 million in funding for various projects against this trade. Between the years 2001-2005 the US government significantly stepped up efforts in convicting perpetrators of this crime, filing 91 cases and charging 248 trafficking defendants. Although the United States passed the TVPA, human trafficking is hard to stop because it is very hard to track down and identify the traffickers, and it may be even harder to put victims in each category of trafficking. Many times, victims can be wrongly identified as illegal immigrants or prostitutes, and can be imprisoned or deported. In the TVPA of 2000, the law provided penalties for sex traffickers only if the victim could prove that they were forcefully threatened into prostitution. This being merely impossible to prove, it ensures that the cases will take longer and thus few criminals have actually been indicted under these terms. However, after
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