The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking in out Backyard

1456 WordsJul 12, 20186 Pages
Most Americans when they hear about the crime of human trafficking they automatically refer it to sex exploitation by big time gang organizations. Sexual exploitation is a big chunk of the trafficking problem in America but in reading the book The Slave Next Door you can see that there are different types of work for human trafficking. One of the unique and underrated types of trafficking is in the type of domestic slavery. This type of trafficking is not as popular for gangs and other trafficking organizations because it is more along the lines of saving money than making money. The story in The Slave Next Door of Ruth the 52 year old West-African woman who now lives in Washington D.C. and is a slave to a family; her chores are long and…show more content…
Scamming these victims by promising them a better life and telling them this job will be a great opportunity is another way the traffickers pull women into their business; this act of fraud seems to be the biggest way traffickers are able to get their victims to come work for them. The last way to get women to fall prey to their business is coercing them into it. The victims who enter these types of jobs are often told they have a debt that must be paid off and while they are there working for these people the debt continues to raise because of the money the owners use to feed, transport or give them security. Even though these fake businesses are taking place in the United States it does not mean that the workers being forced to stay there are American citizens; most of the time they are immigrants. since the workers sometimes are immigrants that gives another advantage for the traffickers and business owners to use against the victim, telling them that if they do not work for them then they will be shipped back to their country where they will then again have to struggle for work. Another big human trafficking spot in America is at truck stops throughout the entire country. You are able to point out girls that are being forced to give out sexual favors at truck stops by the unique characteristics they portray. A unique trait used in sexual exploitation at truck stops in particular is the way that it is

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