Trafficking Essay

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Trafficking Comprehensive Exam Whitney Polen CJ 602: Comprehensive Examination Kaplan University July 31, 2014 Dr. Patricia Drown Introduction Sex trafficking is the most common form of modern day slavery. All of those who participate in the sex trade need to be held responsible. After all, these traffickers are stealing, raping, and beating, these children and women. That has been held against their will until that very will has been broken. One must appreciate the magnitude of what this problem entails, by first understanding what the issues are and what are not issues. Also in sex trafficking situations the victims must be able to be identified. “The term human trafficking and sex slavery usually conjures up images of young girls beaten and abused in faraway places, like Eastern Europe, Asia, or Africa. Actually, human sex trafficking and sex slavery happens locally in cities, and towns, both large and small, throughout the United States, right in our citizens backyards.” (UNODC, 2014) Sex trafficking is the fastest growing business in organized crime and the third largest business in the world. Most of the victims of sex trafficking are international, with the victims taken from places like Southeast Asia, the former Soviet Union, South and Central America and more less developed countries such as Western Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The sad point is that these crimes also happen domestically. It is estimated that some 293,000 Americans fall victim to commercial sex exploitations. Most of these victims are considered throw-away youths

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