Human Trafficking Essay

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Human Trafficking as defined on Wikipedia is the illegal trade of human beings mainly for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor. Nothing propels the passion and rouses the emotion, especially in the United States, more than the awful stories of human slavery today. I, as an individual, have personal reasons to advocate for harsher legislation locally, in Kentucky, when it comes to human trafficking. Whether sexual, domestic, or labor, the terror and horror that human trafficking victims have faced is more than our minds can fathom. Most people who work in community service type positions have heard and/or witnessed these tragedies first hand. I have experienced the passion and dedication of the public servants who are involved in the apprehending, and prosecution of offenders, and advocate for victims in these very difficult cases. To not only think but to realize that that this is occurring in our backyard, hidden from us as we go through life on a daily basis, is unimaginable. In August 2002, my husband and I were fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to adopt a newborn that was born in Somerset, Kentucky, just 60 miles from our home. Attorneys were hired and paperwork was completed, and on August, 19th, 2002, we joyfully brought our only child home from the hospital. We were granted temporary custody until the final paperwork could be completed. The biological parents not so anxious to relinquish full custody very quickly, and yes, the biological parents were a white married couple with 4 other children, but only retained custody of two. They were very open with us about their finances and that “they just couldn’t afford any children and they were tired of taking care of kids.” They had only one request of us in the beginning, and it was to keep in contact with them via pictures of our daughter on her birthday and

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