Human Trafficking Essay

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Andrea Smith Professor O’Connor English 122 28 October 2012 Modern Day Slavery, a Look into Human Trafficking Unfortunately no country, providence, or state is immune from the travesty of modern day slavery, also known as human trafficking. This is an extremely heartbreaking catastrophe that most individuals are misinformed on. Everyone should be fully aware of what it entails; it is defined as an act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring, or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them. (UNODC, 2012) The greatest approach to ending human trafficking is through education. The more everyone is educated, and understands what an appalling crime against humanity this is, the more we would be able to assist all of the men, women, and children that are being forced into unthinkable acts every day. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE, is serious in their efforts to end human trafficking. In their fight to end these heinous crimes they run different campaigns, keep the public educated on the most up to date information, as well as inform the public of indicators that someone is being held against their will. ICE relies heavily upon the public to dismantle the organizations, and encourages everyone to keep their eyes, and ears open to suspicious activity as most victims are hidden in plain sight. (ICE, 2012) Such indicators may include: is not free to leave as she or he may choose, is under the age of 18 preforming sexual acts, in the sex industry and has a manager or pimp, was recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of his or her work, is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid, exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement, claims of just visiting and inability to

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