Human Trafficking Essay

1115 WordsJan 4, 20125 Pages
sociology paper Human trafficking is a crime of exploitation and slavery that some say is the fastest growing crime in the United States. The best way for it to be controlled is for people to be aware of what is going on in their own neighborhoods. The FBI claims that 15,000 to 18,000 people are trafficked through the United States each year, and there are over 50,000 human trafficking victims in the United States alone. (Burroughs and Powell, 18). They are in every corner of every town, and in places one would not expect. The number one place for sex trafficking each year in the United States is a little known event called the Super Bowl. (Goldberg). To examine human trafficking we must first define certain terms. Human Trafficking is defined as “The recruitment, transfer, harboring, 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 or the removal of organs.” (Burroughs and Powell, 22). There are several factors that are causes for the problem. Many victims are forced into the industry by force such as locking them up, and this is what America usually thinks of when it hears prostitution. But most techniques used to force victims into trafficking are not so obvious, including: -Debt bondage: Financial obligations, honor bound to satisfy debt. -Isolation from the public: Limiting contact with outsiders and making sure that any contact is monitored or superficial in nature.

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