Modern Day Slavery Is An Appalling Evil

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Modern day slavery is an appalling evil that is lurking beneath the shadows of the 21st century. Most people assume that slavery has been abolished and no longer exists in modern day society; however, many men, women, and children are subjected to forced labor and the sex trade industry. One of the places where this is most prominent is in an island off Southeast Asia, called the Philippines. The Philippines is a destination and transit country for men, women, and children who are subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. This forced harboring and exploitation of humans is defined as human trafficking. Based on the definition given by the Trafficking in Persons Protocol, there are three constituent elements involved in human trafficking. These three elements include the acts, the means, and the purpose. Recruitment, transportation, and harboring are all involved in the acts or what is done during human trafficking. The abuse of power, giving payments or benefits to control a person, fraud, and use of force all encompass the how it is done, or the means. The purpose of exploitation includes forced prostitution, labor, sexual exploitation, slavery or any other similar practices (“Human Trafficking”). A great majority of the human trafficking that occurs in the Philippines is controlled by organized crime organizations and complicit law enforcement officers who operate through fraudulent recruitment agencies and traffic migrants (“Philippines”). These
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