Human Trafficking Essay

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Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION A. Background of the Study Human trafficking is one of the most serious crimes against humans. One of the better definitions of human trafficking is by the United Nations Protocol to prevent, suppress, and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children. They say that human trafficking is: the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force 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. (United Nations [UN], 2000] It is said that human trafficking is not a stand-alone crime because it usually comes with other crimes like human smuggling, rape, documents forgery, prostitution, child pornography, slavery that includes involuntary servitude, sex slavery, child sex tourism, domestic servitude, bonded and peonage labor, child slavery, etc. This crime is more prevalent in poor countries like the Philippines where many people are willing to do anything just to get even a little money for their survival. Statistics shows that more than 100,000 Filipinos were, and many still are, victims of this problem. Being one of the poorest third world countries in the world, and having a big percentage of the population in the poverty line, it is not surprising that many fall prey to this inhuman act. Women and children, because they are more vulnerable than grown men, are the common victims

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