There is an ethical epidemic that is plaguing this world and it is called Human Trafficking. Human trafficking is a serious crime that violates common human rights by trading humans and forcing them to complete acts of coerced labor, or sex slavery. It is the 2nd largest criminal operation in the world next to the drug cartel and it is done to make money off these innocent lives (Ottisova, 2016). The illegal trade and exploitation of human beings for forced labor, prostitution and reproductive favors is unethical and unacceptable by our society because many United States organizations are starting to work together to stop these intolerable acts to end the suffering and pain.
Human trafficking, or the selling and buying of people, is a well-hidden yet prominent issue within today’s society. It is both an immoral and horrific topic that needs brought to attention and dealt with. When human beings are manipulated into work, sexual servitude, or economic hardship, human trafficking is occurring. In the year of 2006, only one individual is convicted of human trafficking per 800 victims (UNGIFT). By looking at straight statistics, reasons human trafficking happens, and the toll it has on people, it is very clear that this is a major issue that is happening in our world.
Human trafficking has received increasing global attention over the past decade. Trafficking of women and girls for forced sex work and, to a lesser extent, domestic servitude, were the sole focus of advocacy and assistance. There is recognition in today’s society that women, children, and men are trafficked into many different forms of labour, and for sexual exploitation. In her article, “Understanding and Addressing Violence Against Women”, Cathy Zimmerman and Heidi Stockl focus on the commonality of human trafficking and how evident it is in everyday life. They bring in the health effects and possible solutions to human trafficking to help validate their opinion and argument. In the solutions they offer, Zimmerman and Stockl shine a light on policy-makers/decision-makers, health-care providers, and researchers/funders and what each of these groups of people can do to help combat the issue of human trafficking. In a quote from their article, Stockl and Zimmerman say: “Health care providers and organizations involved with trafficked persons should increase their capacity to identify and refer people in trafficking situations and provide sensitive and safe services to people post-trafficking”. This quote shows how Zimmerman and Stockl believe human trafficking should be combated by caring and talking to those affected by the issue but how they also believe awareness should be made about human trafficking so as to allow people surrounding the issue to identify and help victims of this issue. Zimmerman and Stockl’s view on the ways human trafficking should be combatted relate to those of Soroptimist due to the fact that the two groups of people are focused mainly on helping women and girls who have been trafficked and trying to get them to a better life after getting out of the trafficking situation. Both groups focus on helping men as well, providing options to help them such as raising money and awareness, and getting educated on being able to identify victims of human trafficking.
She explains how human trafficking is more than sexual acts. It is also sweatshop work, organ transplants, and agricultural. Most women did not look like they do in the media: beaten, bruised, and with a black eye. She said this trip was a very humbling experience. She had to build trust with the people there, especially because she was different than them. Human trafficking is looked at in many ways; for example, globalization, economics, gender, human rights, and organized crime. On one of her trips in 2011 she collected women’s stories. Many women live in poverty but that does not mean that they were all trafficked. One quote that really stands out from her is “We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process to change the world…” . Sister Angela Reed’s speech reflected Mercy Week’s theme of Make Mercy Real because she talked about how we as students can make a difference, or show mercy to those in need. Although I only went to two events, they all correlate with each other because of the theme, make mercy
Human trafficking doesn’t happen in third world countries only. It doesn’t just happen to poor people and it certainly doesn’t solely happen to women. It is present here in the USA but it is hidden, and even worse, so are their victims. They are everywhere yet invisible. They are silently crying for our help through their eyes and smiles. According to Polaris, “…the prevalence of sex trafficking in the United States is still unknown, we do know that women, children, and men are being sold for sex against their will in cities and towns in all 50 states”. Human trafficking can happen to anyone even to Theresa Flores, the author of “The slave across the street”(“Sex trafficking” 2015). An average 15 year old American girl, coming from a privileged background and a respected family became a victim of sex trafficking and through her book, she convinces us that human trafficking doesn’t have a specific demographic.
You turn on the news and see another story about trafficking in a third world country. You’re not surprised. One day, you see a story about trafficking in the United States. You’re surprised. Human trafficking happens all around the world, yet it’s a taboo subject. Over 20 million people are trafficked around the world. They’re usually forced into labor or prostitution. There are government efforts towards combating this problem. Despite these efforts, the government is not doing enough because in preventing and regulating it.
Human trafficking is a serious problem in modern society. In fact, the United Nations has referred to it as “one of the gravest human rights violations of our times” (“Secretary - General Calls Human Trafficking”). It is a fast growing industry that affects millions. No gender, age, or status is spared from the cruelty that is trafficking. To stress this point again, human trafficking is not just a problem of the “world” or “United States”, in general. As previously seen, it strikes very close to home, affecting hundreds of men, women, and children of our own community. In fact, “North Carolina ranked as a top-10 state for human trafficking with Charlotte being the top destination. It is estimated that more than 1,700 girls are trafficked
In Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler, the author raises intriguing possibilities about the consequences of the United States continuing its current path on issues such as global warming, poverty, and human trafficking. Butler predicts that in the future human trafficking will become a widespread norm as the nation deteriorates. Unfortunately, the reality of widespread human trafficking has already been realized both in the United States and globally. Human trafficking has become a widespread global problem where people are exploited through forced labor, slavery, organ harvesting and various forms of sexual exploitation. Preventing trafficking and rescuing victims from the trade requires a lot more than intervention from any one single government. It requires a multinational front that utilizes policies, global law enforcement, and multiple government agencies geared toward the prevention of trafficking, the prosecution of criminals and recovery of the victims.
Human trafficking is not just a part of our history; it is continuously growing around the world today because of traffickers who are using it as an easy way to make a profit. Victims of human trafficking feel as if they have no way to escape because they have limited ways to survive or make a good enough living to support themselves along with their families outside of the sex industry. Women, children and even men from time to time are taken before they get the opportunity to receive little if any education, at all. Therefore, many who could’ve gotten out of the sex industry chose to stay out of fear to return back home after years to be discriminated against by their own families and communities, knowing getting a job would be nearly
She’s the girl who’s running away from her abusive past, the one who is impoverished and looking for a way to make ends meet, or perhaps, she’s the girl who naively fell in love with the wrong man. Regardless of the reasons, there are nearly 30 million victims of human trafficking globally. There are more slaves now than ever before. Trafficking of persons is not a subject that should be ignored or taken lightly. In order to fully understand the enormity of this crisis, we will examine the root causes, facts, and the impact of human trafficking throughout the world.
As you hear/read this, there are hundreds of trafficked women globally in a state similar to that these young girls. Why has trading women and girls become a second largest growing business? Why are we being cold and cruel? Why are we humans selling humans? An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked every year, predominately girls. It is just an estimation, which means that the numbers could be more. There are 4.5 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation globally. Doesn’t that shame us all? Let’s stop reading statistics and start changing them. Why is putting a price tag on a woman so easy but letting her reach her full potential so hard? We are the only being that are capable of using our brain to achieve great things and here we are, against our own race. We are not this foolish nor cruel. Imagine being a mere price tag, a mere price tag. Can you Imagine being treated like an animal? How would it feel to not feel like a human being? How would it feel to not feel like a human being? Everyone should have the freedom to their body. Are you, we, willing to challenge this situation? We can bring a change. This has to
Have you ever felt along with nobody you could lean to and ask for help? Have you ever faced a great pressure where if you know that if you do something wrong or try to do anything you'll get hit, This is the life that people around the world had faced. Human trafficking is one of the most unforgivable crime, this crimes had been started since the early age and it kept expanding throughout the world, but even though the human trafficking is increase, there would be someone out there who will be willing to help the victims of the human trafficking by working together to prevent any more people from becoming a victim.
Imagine being told that you can have the job of your dreams and will make enough money so that you can support your family. They say that you will need to come to America and work for a small period of time, but not to worry because you will be with your family soon. Once you arrive on this foreign land, you begin sensing things. Things that are not right. Your passport is taken away. There is no access to a phone. You are working 12 hours a day with little or no pay. You feel trapped, alone, and abandoned. There is currently 20.9 million men, women, and children who are forced into human slavery. Human trafficking is the third largest international crime agency and approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation,
The trafficking of women and girls for the purpose of prostitution is big business. It has been and still is one of the biggest industries worldwide. These unfortunate women and girls do not lead normal lives, but rather they are bought and sold as commodities. They also usually have no control over their lives and live in conditions of extreme poverty and abuse. Trafficking, debt bondage, forced labor, and other abuse is suffered by women all over the world and it is a violation of human rights. The problem is one of international proportion. United States feminists as well as many nongovernmental organizations acknowledge that this is a huge problem that needs to be tackled with greater proportions. We
We can all probably think of a time we watched a movie that depicted the ominous and illustrious circle of human trafficking. Movies like the blockbuster hit Taken dramatized the storyline in order focus on Liam Neeson’s character who is a father and a retired CIA agent that utilizes his skills to get his daughter back from the possession of sex traffickers. Although the movie is an exaggeration, the reality is that many victims fall into the vicious circle of human trafficking, which does not just include sexual exploitation. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), human trafficking includes “exploiting the prostitution of others, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery or similar practices and the removal of organs.” In an event hosted at the United Nations Headquarters, the president of the General Assembly, Mr. John W. Ashe addressed human trafficking issues in the modern world stating that the,” annual profits as high as $36 billion per year, it ranks as the world’s third most profitable crime after illicit drug and arms trafficking.” The profit made by human trafficking involved not just girl and women but it also involves boys and men as well. Many make generalization that naïve girls are the victims to this organized crime; however, the case is that boys and men make up the population of millions of individuals who are victims to human trafficking.