Sex Trafficking Is A Huge Global Health And Human Rights Issue Affecting Roughly 152 Countries Around The World

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By the time you finish reading this paper nearly 23 children around the world will be victims of sex trafficking. Sex trafficking is a huge global health and human rights issue affecting roughly 152 countries around the world (Greenbaum & Crawford-Jakubiak, 2015). The United Nations describes sex trafficking as “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power, or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude, and the removal of organs” (Greenbaum, J., & Crawford-Jakubiak, 2015). The estimated number of victims vary greatly, but are said to range from 600,000 to 2.4 million annually (Miller, 2013), with roughly 100,000 annually just in the United States (Titchen, 2014). According to Miller (2013), the figures 600,000 to 2.4 million is thought to be grossly understated due to secrecy, and misclassification of victims (labeled as criminals and prostitutes, rather than victims). The United States is not only a source and transit country, but also considered to be the leading

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