Human Trafficking Essay

1961 WordsApr 17, 20138 Pages
Human Trafficking In the EU “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."(UNHCR 9). This is the United Nations definition of human trafficking. In spite of the level of cruelty this crime imposes on its victims, it is prominent in countries of the EU (European Union). France for example, typically highly respected, is surprisingly a large contributor to this woeful crime. There are many other countries including Germany, and Greece who contribute to this situation. The fight against Human Trafficking is a large battle throughout countries in the EU. France, one of the largest Countries in the EU, is also one of the largest contributors to human trafficking. It is a destination and transit for trafficked victims of sexual and manual labor. The majority of the imported victims are from Central Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Latin America. Trafficking for prostitution is centralized in Paris as well as in other major cities. The U.S. Department of State reports that 90% of the prostitution in France is fed by trafficking (UNHCR 60). Three hundred to eight hundred thousand children are sold, kidnapped, and forced into prostitution and labor each year. This situation has become a serious problem throughout France. The negative impact on the country and the citizens of France is tremendous. For example, the recent abduction of Sudanese children from Darfur has outraged Europe. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed its grave anxiety and condemnation over the foiled attempts by a French voluntary

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