Sig Stat #1 - assistance. There are some problems with this...

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Rebecca Richardson February 3, 2011 IAS 220 Section 002 MWF 5-6:15 Significant Statistic #1 From the UN.GIFT (Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking) I found the statistic that 2.5 million people are in forced labour (including sexual exploitation) at any given time due to human trafficking. Of this 2.5 million, 1.4 million (56%) are in Asia and the Pacific. This statistic is important because many of the victims of human trafficking are children and about 95% of victims experience sexual or physical violence (UN.GIFT). Not only is human trafficking illegal but it also damages the wellbeing of a people. I am preparing to do an internship in Thailand this summer where I will be working with a NGO that assists women and children that are victims of or at risk of the sex trade in SE Asia. It seems to me that in the U.S. there is not a lot of knowledge about human trafficking because it does not seem to be an immediate problem specifically in the U.S. but I think that this is a global issue that needs
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Unformatted text preview: assistance. There are some problems with this statistic. First of all I am confused by the way the UN divided the regions. The first four categories seem to be by region while the last two categories are not region specific. The statistician should have chose one or the other to measure human trafficking. Which countries are classified as industrialized? What does it mean to be a country in transition? Another problem I see is the phrase forced labour because I am not sure what that phrase entails. From what I have read about human trafficking in SE Asia a lot of women willingly go to a known destination in order to sell themselves to make money. This is unlike prostitution because the women are stuck in the trade for a lifetime and often never see their family again, yet they do it willingly. It would be nice to see a conceptualization of forced labour....
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