Human Trafficking Essay

3836 WordsJan 28, 201316 Pages
Anna Harper-Coleman Human Trafficking Human trafficking is the fastest increasing criminal industry in today’s world behind the illegal drug trade and is commonly referred as “modern day slavery”. Human sex trafficking deprives thousands of women and children each year of their human rights, freedom, and the right to live standard lives. Sadly, victims of sex trafficking are forced to perform sexual acts against their will, sometimes causing their own death. Human sex trafficking has been a known factor for years. When most people think of sex trafficking they think of it occurring in countries such as India, Cambodia, Africa, Vietnam, Russia and other countries outside the United States. People are not aware of just how much sex trafficking actually occurs here in America. It is estimated that 100,000 to 300,000 children are involved in the sex trade each year here in the United States and when combined with the number of adults that are involved that number increases to hundreds of thousands. Over 80 percent of cases investigated by the Department of Justice were US citizens, not immigrants. Human sex trafficking is a growing problem throughout the world and creates huge revenue for the traffickers involved. According to an article in the Huffington Post, trafficking minors for prostitution is the third highest money-maker for organized crime in the United States. People involved in this type of business do not care about the damage caused to its victims. Traffickers prey on poverty stricken families and young women and children to become slaves in the sex trade. In this research paper, I would like to inform people just how serious of a problem sex trafficking is here in the U.S. and to prove how easy it is for one to become a victim of sex trafficking. I would also like to educate individuals on how damaging sex trafficking is to the victims and the

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