The Kansas City Star says that 83% of trafficking is sex trafficking, 12% is forced labor, 5% is other. So in reality, most people in trafficking are being sexually abused or selling their bodies to men because they are forced to (Polaris Project). Also, in many cases, traffickers will sexually abuse the victim while forcing labor (Kansas City Star). The Kansas City Star recorded a case of a woman from Mexico who was smuggled in by traffickers. When she got to America, she suffered through years of labor and sexual assaults, and even saw her niece come to the same labor “camp” and go through the same labor and assaults she did (Kansas City Star). She was freed and her and her niece now live in the United States (Kansas City Star). According to the NHTRC, almost 32%, or ⅓, of all cases were foreign born immigrants like the previous case (Polaris Project).
Sex Trafficking: How Can We Make It Stop? Introduction Sex trafficking is a problem that is happening and occurring all over the world. Many families and individuals suffer due to sex trafficking. Many people are not even aware of what it really is. Sex trafficking is when young girls, as young as five or six, get kidnapped and are used for the sexual pleasure of others with a profit, or are sold as sex slaves to other people. The official definition is, “Human sex trafficking is a form of slavery and involuntary servitude resulting in grave human rights violations. Sex trafficking involves individuals profiting from the sexual exploitation of others and has severe physical and psychological consequences for its victims.” (The
Sex Trafficking Throughout the 21st century, the number of human beings being capture and put into sex trafficking and prostitution has risen. In 2013, about 270,000 young boys, girls, and women were forced into human trafficking in the United States alone and estimated 20.9 million in the world. The UN has also estimated that nearly 4,000,000 are trafficked each year. UNICEF has estimated that as many as 50% of all trafficking victims worldwide are minors and that as many as two thirds of those adolescents are at some point forced into the sex trade. This is a 52 billion dollar industry. Two kids are sold every minute, 120 per hour. In other cases mothers of these children would sell them off for money due to financial reason, which
World wide slavery is a thirty-two billion dollar industry. There are more than twenty-seven million slaves. But sex trafficking in the U.S. alone is a $9.8 million industry. Nearly 100,000 of those slaves are youth that are trafficked in the U.S. annually.(Donley-Hayes, 1.) In order to solve this problem people need to be aware of the extent of the problem, along with causes and effects before a solution can come about.
Human Trafficking is the trade of humans mainly for sexual slavery, but also forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker and sometimes others who take part in this act. Human trafficking is also used for organs or tissues, including surrogacy, ova removal, or making these victims spouses for traffickers or their customers. Human trafficking is defined as a sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act induced by force (isolation and confinement to the brothel: transportation to multiple locations for the trafficking network and occasional physical and sexual abuse), fraud (false promises of a better life), or coercion (the practice of persuading someone to do something by using force or threats), or someone performing commercial sex under the age of 18. This is a crime that has newly risen to the public over the last decade and has been labeled as one of the most serious humanitarian crisis. Human trafficking is about profit. In 2004 the total annual income for trafficking in persons was estimated to be between $5 billion to $9 billion.
Imagine driving down the street at night seeing no one on the corner half dressed trying to get money, or scrolling through a website and have a pop up come up about buying someone. Sex trafficking has become apart of everyday life. Many people are taken everyday and forced into the ring of sex trafficking. One girl spent her whole childhood getting raped by her father and then forced to go out to bars every night and sleep with other men, then go to school the next day (Sher). Sex trafficking is a problem in the United States that can not be ignored no longer.
Selling Souls for Sugar: Sugar Slavery in the Sugar Islands Up to 20,000 Haitians were lured into the Dominican Republic in 2016 alone. These unfortunate people were promised high paying jobs, but when they arrived, they were enslaved to harvest the crops of sugar cane fields. Sugar slavery has changed
Every year in the United States, up to 300,00 children, aged 18 and younger, are forced into the commercial sex trade. Sex trafficking not only occurs in the United States but throughout the world. Not only are young girls trafficked but also young boys. Child sex trafficking is highly a major issue because of how victims are targeted, how it effects a child and their life and there are certain signs to look for to notice if a child is being trafficked.
A commercial sex act includes prostitution, pornography, and sexual performance done in exchange for an item of value, such as money, drugs, shelter, food, or clothes. Many factors contribute to making a sex trafficking business work. Sex trafficking can happen at anytime and at any location. Sex trafficking can happen to anyone of any gender and of any race. Women and young females are the majority of sex trafficking in the United States of America. For example, if a person is crossing the boarder to the United States, they are at risk more, and they can be captured and sold into trafficking. About 17,000 individuals are brought into the United States and held against their will as victims of human trafficking, as stated on www.humantrafficking.com
According to dosomething.org, there are approximately twenty to thirty million people that are stuck in human trafficking. In addition, according to the United Nations, there is about 32 billion dollars in human trafficking. Also in the United States, according to the Human Trafficking Center, there is a net worth of 2.5 billion dollars by sexual exploitation or forced labor. In continuation, about 21.5 percent of trafficking is sexual exploitation, 67.9 percent is forced labour, and 10.5 percent is state imposed forced labour.
Human trafficking subordinates fellow humans into degrading positions that devalue the quality of life. Every year, an estimated two million children worldwide are exploited through sex trafficking.(palm beach) In the modern world, it has become equivalent to slavery. Paradoxically, both hold the largest and smallest amount of slaves at one
Human trafficking is an form of modern slavery that is illegal is nearly every country. It has become a major world-wide epidemic with little progress made in promoting the safety for innocent sex victims. Men and women (predominantly women) are subjected to violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to compel adults and children to engage in sexual acts. In order to salvage these guiltless victims lives’, actions must be made within the police force, the government, and the everyday man, to make a change for the well-being and safety of everyone in the sex trade and those in potential danger of becoming a victim to slavery.
Initiatives on Human Trafficking Almost two centuries after the 16th President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, a new type of slave trade has taken possession of the lives of many human beings worldwide. Human trafficking is the modern form of enslavement. It includes the purchasing and selling of individuals for
Human trafficking is and has been a serious global issue that dates as far back as Greek and Roman times. It became extremely prevalent in the 1600s with the introduction of the African slave trade to North America; it had begun in the early 1400s in Europe and Portugal (Source 1). However, as time progressed, another serious form of human trafficking gained “popularity”; sex trafficking. Sex trafficking is an “umbrella term” that includes many different commercial sex work. For example, “prostitution… pornography, exotic dancing, stripping, live sex shows, mail-order brides, military prostitution, and sexual tourism” (Source 2).
In 2007, the U.S. state Department reported, “600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year,” “1 million is the number of children exploited by the global commercial sex trade every year,” and “161 countries identified as affected by human trafficking” (Polaris Project, DoSomething.org).