Human Trafficking

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Human Trafficking in the United States
Nicole Singleton
American Intercontinental University Online
November 12, 2012

Until recently, in the US, the thought never occurred that Americans were trafficking Americans. The purpose of this paper is to inform the audience about the crime of human trafficking that is happening in the US and also to persuade them to take a stand and help do something to combat this crime.

Thesis: Human trafficking in the United States seems to be overlooked and not taken very seriously. Close to 20,000 women and children are trafficked in the US yearly. There seems to be nothing that can be done about it. Most times the victims are never heard from or seen again leaving very little of their known
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b. Not many people know that Americans are trafficking Americans. c. In most cases, the victim’s identification has been taken. Things like this cause the victim to become too afraid to try to escape or fight back. d. Fear of the unknown and cultural taboos often keeps the victim from speaking out. e. The lack of knowledge about the subject keeps a lot of victims from receiving the help that they need. f. When prostitutes and juveniles are arrested for prostitution they are looked at as the offenders and not the victims. g. Many times they have pimps who are, by law, human traffickers. h. Communities and sometimes even law enforcement officials are completely clueless as to what human trafficking really is. This, in turn, leads to the victims being criminalized and released right back into the hands of those criminals that are trafficking them. * Close to 20,000 women and children are trafficked in the US yearly (Human Trafficking Statistics, 2007).
a. 24 children were found to have been trafficked into the US around the time of the Super Bowl last year for sex.
b. 2010 was the first year the US actually ranked itself in the Trafficking in Persons Report alongside other countries; this shows just how much this crime has been overlooked until recently. * Communities and sometimes even law enforcement officials are completely clueless as to what human trafficking really is. This leads to
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