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Kimberly Nguyen Sociology 201 03/22/11 Global Issues Essay Human Trafficking in the US and Vietnam Over 20 million people are on the move each year, moving back and forth all around the world (McGill I). Of these 20 million, about 800,000 people are trafficked and sold across all international borders ("Strategic Framework”). Over eighty percent are females and half of those numbers are composed of mainly young children all under the age of eighteen. Smugglers, thugs, and gangs, use trafficking as a way of business and generate over 32 billion dollars of profit each year through human trafficking ("Strategic Framework”). Kids and women are taken every day from their homes and used as sex slaves, labor slaves, and even wives. Human trafficking has evolved into a complex business and can be compared to modern day slavery. Human trafficking has evolved into a complex business and can be compared to modern day slavery. Human trafficking is “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by means of threat of force or other forms of coercion, deception, of the abuse of power against a person of vulnerability for the purpose of exploitation” ("Overflow"). Human trafficking occurs everywhere around the world although many Americans are oblivious to fact that it is present here in the United States. Very few people want to accept the fact that such an industrialized economy like the US would condone trafficking. Most believe that trafficking only happens in countries like Thailand, Mexico, and Asian countries, when in reality, the United States is ranked as the number one destination for human trafficking ("Overflow"). Of all fifty states, Florida ranks as number three, California number two, and New York ranking number one ("Strategic Framework”). According to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crimes,

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