Child Trafficking And The Capitalist Society

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While some people enjoy their wealthy and free lives with their families, other people live in suffering, being separated from their families and trafficked. Trafficking is not a new phenomena; it’s called “as old as trade itself” by Maggy Lee (1), a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex and Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Hongkong. Now, trafficking is a widely debated issue in many fields such as criminology, law, human rights, sociology, gender studies, and public health (Lee 2). International governments are concerned about this particular issue. Although governments try to prevent trafficking from happening, trafficking happens every day, everywhere. Governments have established laws to punish trafficking practice and the United Nations also has established a protocol to prevent and to punish trafficking, especially for women and children. The target of trafficking can be anyone, but women and children are the two most common target of trafficking. A lot of women and children are being forced to be prostitutes or slaves. The victims of trafficking are usually from developing countries and are being trafficked to developed countries. This paper will look at the relationship between child trafficking and the capitalist society, linking it to some sociologists’ theories. 1. Human trafficking and human smuggling, a definition. Trafficking and smuggling have different meanings, but people often confused these two terms. To clearly explain the term of trafficking, in 2000 the United Nations issued a definition of trafficking in their Protocol to Prevent, Supress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime: Trafficking in persons' shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer,
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