Human Trafficking is Becoming One of the Largest Criminal Enterprises in the US

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When the words “human trafficking” are heard, most people have mental images of young girls and women being beaten and abused (Walker-Rodriguez and Hill, 2011). Often times people’s mental images automatically assume that these victims of human trafficking are from Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa (Walker-Rodriguez and Hill, 2011). Unfortunately, human trafficking is a global issue (Jac-Kucharski) and happens everyday in the cities and towns surrounding us. Unfortunately, human trafficking isn’t as easy to recognize as other crimes and requires law enforcement officials and the public to understand what types of signals to look for in a victim. It is estimated that each year from 14,500-17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked (Force 4…show more content…
The US government has a separate definition for sex trafficking which states “sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age” (Davis et al. 2013). In simpler terms, human trafficking is modern day slavery (Walker-Rodriguez and Hill 2011) and illegal due to one person using another for a personal profit. The argument of when human trafficking first originated is a controversial one. Some people believe that African American slavery was the first form of human trafficking while others feel that forced child labor in the 1700s was the first form. Which ever your belief, human trafficking is very similar to slavery (Logan, Walker and Hunt, 2009). The United States has a history of slavery, which was started in the 1600s. When the USA was big on slavery, African Americas were forced to work and then sold repeatedly to pay off debts (Logan et al. 2009). Human trafficking resembles slavery for a few reasons; mostly because the victims are cheap. A lot of minors are kidnapped, picked up on the streets as a run away, sold cheap by another trafficker or believe they are taking a legitimate job, and these
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