Human Trafficking Is The World 's Third Largest Illegal Industry

1837 WordsNov 24, 20148 Pages
There has been a war on drugs for decades, and part of that battle is to stop drug trafficking, but what if I told you that there was a trafficking crime that was just as bad if not worse? This, however, doesn’t involve any illegal narcotics, but the transportation of actual human beings. Trafficking in persons refers to the illegal trade or "sale" of human beings for sexual exploitation or forced labor through abduction, the use or threat of force, deception and fraud. Human trafficking is one of today 's most egregious human rights violations. The lives of the twenty-one million victims of human trafficking all around the world ca never improve if we as a society choose to become silent about the matter. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, human trafficking is the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprise and is already tied with arms dealing as the world’s second largest illegal industry. Human trafficking is one of the most pervasive crimes on earth, existing in every single country. As much as it is a problem internationally, human trafficking also accounts for seventy-nine percent of prostitution around the country with North Carolina ranking eighth in states in highest rates of sex trafficking. According to the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts, an average of twenty-two human trafficking chargers were processed each year between the years 2008 and 2012. Experts say North Carolina is a prominent place for human trafficking because
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