Human rafficking a modern day slaveryT

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12/4/2013
Essay 3
Professor Ngezem Human Trafficking: A Modern Day Slavery Slavery may have been abolished more than 100 years ago, but it still exists all around the world. Slavery defined is the subjection of a person to another person; being forced into work. Through the years, countless of battles have been fought and many lives lost to eliminate slavery, yet it still exists in the form of human trafficking. Human trafficking is the trade of humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor or for the extraction of organs or tissues, including surrogacy. Nearly every country in the world is affected by human trafficking. According to the United Nations, over 130 countries are origin, transit or destination
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The factors that each of these situations have in common are elements of force, fraud, or coercion that are used to control people. Then, that control is tied to inducing someone into commercial sex acts, or labor or services. Numerous people in the field have summed up the concept of human trafficking as "compelled service." Every year, human traffickers generate billions of dollars in profits by victimizing millions of people around the world, and here in the United States. Human trafficking is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. (Polaris Project)
The exploitation of human beings can be highly lucrative for organized criminal groups. Although figures vary, an estimate from the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 2005 indicated that about 2.4 million people are victims of trafficking at any given time, and that profits from trafficking are about $32 billion per year. Recent research on overall forced labor trends however would suggest that the scope of the problem is much bigger. Human trafficking is one of the most lucrative illicit businesses in Europe, with criminal groups making about $3 billion from it per year, making it a considerable criminal business that preys on the world 's most marginalized persons. Human traffickers

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