Social Problem Analytic Framework: Human TraffickingBruce HoldenGrand Canyon University: SOC -220November 25, 20181
Social Problem Analytic Framework: Human TraffickingBefore we can look at a social problem, we must first look at what a social problem is. “Asocial problem exists when an influential group defines a social condition as threatening its values; when the condition affects a large number of people; and when the condition can be remedied by collective action (Sullivan, 2015, p. 3).” Now that we know what a social problem is, we will look at this social condition. Human Trafficking is a significant social problem in the world today. If not handled properly, this social problem will only continue to expand and intensify as it grows to levels that we will not be able to sustain. Problem Statement about Human TraffickingWhat is human trafficking? As it is defined in the dictionary, it is “the illegal practice of procuring or trading in human beings for the purpose of prostitution, forced labor, or other forms of exploitation (dictionary.com, 2018).” Human trafficking is not just a problem at a local level, but it also is a problem at a national and global level. While most adults have seen or heard a news report on human trafficking, they do not fully understand the scope of what the problem is or how often it occurs, they simply have a basic understanding of it. Most people today believe that the selling of people into slavery is not a problem in America or that simply is not a problem at all. The fact of the matter is that there are large amounts of human trafficking happening all over the world, including here in the United States. “Trafficking in persons is a growing international problem, gaining the attention of national governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the United Nations. The US government estimates that between 14,500 to 2
Social Problem Analytic Framework: Human Trafficking17,500 people are trafficked into the United States annually and approximately 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked internationally (Shigekane, 2007).” Human trafficking has had a huge negative impact on the victims. From a health perspective, women, men, and children that are trafficked for the function of sexual exploitation are at a higher risk of immunodeficiency virus and other sexually transmitted diseases. One of the problems with human trafficking is that women and children are at the highest risk of being put into sex slavery. Changing the status quo will help to alleviate a major crime issue globally.
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