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Human Trafficking In Haiti

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United States President Barack Obama said:
“When a man, desperate for work, finds himself in a factory or on a fishing boat or in a field, working, toiling, for little or no pay, and beaten if he tries to escape -- that is slavery. When a woman is locked in a sweatshop, or trapped in a home as a domestic servant, alone and abused and incapable of leaving -- that’s slavery. When a little boy is kidnapped, turned into a child soldier, forced to kill or be killed -- that’s slavery. When a little girl is sold by her impoverished family [...] runs away from home, or is lured by the false promises of a better life, and then imprisoned in a brothel and tortured if she resists -- that’s slavery. It is barbaric, and it is evil, and it has no place in a civilized world” (Obama).
This analogy seems quite apt, but it does not make explicit the
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In Nepal, many leave their homes in order to get money to send back to their families, but end up being trafficking victims (Haerens, 72). In Haiti, the 2010 earthquake destroyed not only law enforcement and government but the country’s economy as well. As a result, much of the already impoverished country is doing poorly financially, and, as in Nepal and countless other developing nations, moving elsewhere for work appears to be a solution, but instead results in absorption into this modern-day analogue of slavery (Haerens, 96-99). Nigeria’s human trafficking crisis appears to be due to the same issue. A troubled economy has led to high unemployment, and with high education costs, much of the nation in poverty. To many, it seems that becoming a commodity to be bought and sold in human trafficking could bring employment. The combination of high unemployment, high human trafficking rates, and low standard of living has also led to a sort of mentality that one need not be educated because prostitution is a fine way to live (Nigeria: Current … Trafficking -
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