The Issue of Human Trafficking

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2,880. That’s how many children are taken away from their families each day. That’s 2,880 eighty children who should be playing outside and enjoying childhood. Instead they are torn from everything they know and forced into slavery, sometimes to never come out. Slavery was not fully abolished in 1865. Over 27 million men, women, and children are enslaved at this very moment (“The Cost of Coercion”). That number is close to the population of Florida and Georgia combined who would be enslaved today. What most people today call “modern-day slavery” is the illegal trade of human beings for forced labor and exploitation; referring to using others for sexual exploitation, organ trafficking, and forced labor. This international crime is…show more content…
Now let’s focus on what happening today. When people think of slavery they normally think of sex slavery; and rightfully so. 8 of 10 human trafficking cases worldwide involve the sex industry in one way or another. As many as 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States annually (The Cost of Coercion). That is almost 48 people a day who become slaves on the very same soil where it was abolished 150 years ago. The average age of a sex slave is 14 years old. Think about all the things you did when you were a teenager. Being sexually exploited probably isn’t one of them. Not to mention that on average a slave is sold for around 90 dollars. “In 1850, the cost of a slave (in today's dollars) was $35,000” (The Underground Railroad). How is it that slaves in the 1850’s that were mostly black, therefore hardly consider human, be worth more to people than women in today’s society Sex trafficking does not just mean across country boarders; it entails street prostitution as well. Street prostitution becomes trafficking when a pimp uses fraud, force, or coercion to preserve control over the person providing profitable sexual services and instigate the person to engage in sex acts. An estimated 293,000 American youths currently are at risk of becoming victims of sexual exploitation. The majority of these victims are runaway children who live on the streets. Most of the women described their path into the sex trade as a boyfriend transforming into a pimp. These

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