The World Of Human Trafficking Essay

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Why Countries are Reluctant to Effectively Combat Human Trafficking
It is a crime that involves 21 million people worldwide, affects all areas from the slums and tribal villages to the skyscraper-filled metropolises, and pervades gender, ethnicity, and class (International Labour Organization 2014). Villains in the narrative range from prominent political figures, internationally organized rings, and even a victim’s own family members. The modus operandi? Emotional, mental, and physical abuse; fear and sedation by drugs. The motivation? Money, and the twisted desires of mankind. And as if it couldn 't get any worse, this industry shows no signs of slowing down. It is the inhumane world of human trafficking.
Human trafficking is the sale and enslavement of human beings for forced labor, pornography, or prostitution. Like most crimes, it is motivated by money. According to the International Labour Organization, the trafficking industry is estimated to make around US $150 billion annually from the buying, selling, and exploitation of human beings (International Labour Organization 2014). The profits gained from the human trafficking industry have given it the title of the fastest rising organized crime in the world. Now, more than ever, men, women, and children alike are becoming enslaved in this deplorable crime - living a life in which they are seen by their captors as mere commodities to be used for profit. Although it can be found close to home here in the US,
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