Shannon GraySOC-220August 11, 2017Efua AkomaHuman Trafficking: The Potential EndMen, women, and children everywhere may one day be the victim of human trafficking. Human trafficking is defined by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation” (Human Trafficking, n.d.). The exploitation could be by prostitution, forced labor, slavery, or even organ harvesting (Human Trafficking, n.d.). Learning this history of and how human trafficking affects the world can help provide possible solutions to reduce and/or eliminate the problem completely.It is believed that human trafficking is the third largest criminal activity in the world (Human Trafficking/Involuntary Servitude, n.d.). Sexual exploitation is noted at being 78% of human trafficking at the highest and forced labor comes in second at 18% (Human Trafficking FAQs, n.d.). Citizens all over the world are at risk of falling victim to a human trafficking system, the targeted are the ones who come off as vulnerable in society (Human Trafficking/Involuntary Servitude, n.d.). The victims exploited by human trafficking may be exposed to excessive physical limits, various diseases, as well as mental and emotional trauma. 1
However, the direct victims are not the only ones affected, the community as a whole feels the effect of human trafficking. Communities may be affected by unsafe feelings of the citizens as well as an economic impact. This social problem should be understood and battled to help the
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