Human Trafficking Essay

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Akinrimisi 1 Erika Akinrimisi Professor Stephen English 102 20 Sept 2012 Human Trafficking When we think of slavery we immediately think of it as the buying and selling of individuals who are forced into labor and are treated as properties. We think of the slavery in America which involved the capturing/ kidnapping of Africans from their homeland and bringing them to America. Slavery was officially abolished in the Unites States in 1865; this was not the end of slavery in America or in other countries. There is Human Trafficking. Human Trafficking is known as “The new slave trade”, or “Modern day slavery”. According to UNICEF human trafficking is defined as the “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipts of persons, by means of the threat or use of forms of coercion, of abduction, or fraud, of deception, of 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”. Human trafficking is known as the second largest criminal industry. This industry involves poverty, sex exploitation, and forced labor. Women, children and those in poverty are those that are normally targeted by the human traffickers. Those who are engaged in human trafficking- both the trafficker and the victim both have a common goal. People do it in order to Akinrimisi 2 make and have a better life, move forward, and most of all to make money. Economical struggle, financial instability and poverty are the root cause of human trafficking. The lack of economical stability have caused many to fall into the hands of human traffickers; involving prostitution, selling of organs, child labor, illegal migration and even families giving/ selling their relatives. In the According to the Encyclopedia of Race and Racism :

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