Kathleen Loughlin SOC-220 December 17, 2017 Mary Carl isle The Social Problem of Human Trafficking When the subject of slavery comes to mind up as an issue , one would have an image of a time long ago. Human trafficking is the trade of humans most commonly for the purpose sexual slavery, forced labor or the commercial sexual exploitation of others. The problems not only affect the victims who are stripped of their basic human rights but paves the way for organized crime and violence that affects others. The traffickers target their victims with offers of income – based jobs including domestic, factory work and construction that prove to be false[Veg13] These victims are traumatized by beatings, rape and the loss of their documentation making them dependent on their captors. Victims are threatened with violence against them and their families if they do not comply with the traffickers.It is important to understand this problem because it is profitable and involves organized crime and sometimes terrorists. Human trafficking is a growing international problem and is gaining the attention of both government and non- governmental agencies. The United States government estimates that between 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked into the country annually, and approximately 600,000 to 800,000 are trafficked internationally [Veg13] The practice of human trafficking has led to heightened awareness due to the violence created by this problem. To combat this problem , there should not only be awareness but a call to 1
action to do something. T his would require that the average perso n would need to becom e aware of where the things that they use on a dai ly basis are pr odu ced a n d who is making them . Wh o picked those tomatoes or made those clothes ? Would the price be affordable if the cost of labor was substa n tially more because slave labor was not used to create them?
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