Jordan Stevens SOC-220 April 15, 2018 Mary Carlisle Human Trafficking Human trafficking in the United States is a difficult topic to truly identify how big the problem is. There are no conclusive reports with accurate numbers to show how many children fall victim to trafficking. This is a social problem that is not just nationwide but worldwide, there are young girls and even boys that are involved in sex and labor trafficking. If it occurs in the United States it is domestic and if the victims are from other countries it is international. A coalition in Atlanta was able to successfully set up a program to help the victims of human trafficking find the help needed and allowed them to be viewed as victims and not delinquent children. There are two major types of human trafficking, sex and labor. The U.S. has been involved with labor human trafficking in the past with the introduction of slavery. Within the United States human trafficking is defined as a person using force, fraud, or coercion to exploit another through sex selling or various forms of manual labor (Contreras. 2018). In society today, the number of children believed to be a victim of child prostitution range from 500,000 to 10 million yearly, which means that this industry makes about 14-20 billion dollars (Boxill & Richardson. 2007). Sexual exploitation is the most hidden form of child abuse in the U.S. and does not have a uniformed policy or procedure around the issue. Some entities view the victims of human trafficking as delinquent children due to the nature of their behavior after the fact and not before becoming a victim. Today the average age of a female juvenile 1
prostitute is 14 and this age is getting younger and younger (Boxill & Richardson. 2007). It would be logical to think that the children most at risk would be the ones from abusive homes, not doing well in school, negative family relationships, or emotional distress but, this however is not always the case. In Atlanta, majority of the girls were kidnapped or lured from malls,
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