Human Trafficking : The United Nations Human Rights

1162 Words Dec 12th, 2014 5 Pages
Quin Smith and Colin Grande
Federal Republic of Germany
United Nations Human Rights Council
The Athenian Academy

Human Trafficking
Quin Smith
Human trafficking is one of the biggest human rights issues facing our world today. This practice makes much money for those who traffic humans, and destroys the lives of its victims. Brothels have been legal in Germany since 2002, and it is no coincidence that Germany 's largest brothel is just a few miles drive from the French border. Prostitution is illegal in France, and due to the Schengen Agreement, French citizens can travel freely to patronize the brothel. Prostitution is a huge business in Germany, which has experienced a boom in sex tourism and now has at least 400,000 prostitutes working within its borders. Germany 's Federal Statistics Office estimates that the country 's sex trade is responsible for €15 billion in economic activity each year. Because of the amount of patrons and money coming in to the industry, traffickers can make a lot of money trafficking victims in for small amounts of money, that lead to huge payoffs. However, it is now a crime to buy sex from someone who has been trafficked. Germany believes that this horrible practice is a very pressing issue, and one that, as the United Nations Human Rights Council, we must solve immediately.
Germany’s Actions
Germany is a party to The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the…
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