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Human Trafficking: A Plague of Civilization

Ruth Caster, Writer

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Despite what most individuals believe, slavery did not end back in the middle to late 19th century. In the United States, approximately 14,500 to 17,500 individuals have their lives bought and sold by human trafficking yearly. Not only an enormous amount of money funds the human trafficking industry, but also this multi-billion dollar industry denies basic freedoms to 20.9 million lives globally each year.

 Human trafficking operates in many forms from explicit exploitation to forced labor. From lying to vulnerable individuals promising a better lifestyle and  a better paying job opportunity to kidnapping runaway street teenagers, traffickers never discriminate when selecting their next prey. As selfish and greedy criminals, making good money represents the only thought on the traffickers’ minds.

 Rather than believing that it occurs only in inner cities, no matter where people live, human trafficking exists nearby. A sweatshop worker stripped of his freedom, and a girl forced into prostitution at a truck stop, human trafficking victims all share one tragic experience; the loss of basic freedoms.

 The key to pinpointing potential human trafficking victims includes their identification taken away, their lack of personal control , no freedom of speech, and fearful behavior when threatened with law enforcement. Although many other agents and conditions occur, still this list only names a few symptoms of potential trafficking victims.

 This atrocious multi-billion dollar industry does not discriminate against victims they exploit, and they even take lives unexpectedly. For instance, a student who earns straight A’s and performs well in school has a possibility of falling victim to human trafficking.

 The deceitful tactics that traffickers use to lure their next victims remain consistent. These include forming a recent relationship with the victim, discussing extraordinary and unrealistic opportunities, and kidnapping runaway teenagers. Unfortunately, this only names a few of the guileful methods that criminals use to exploit others.

 Instead of developing a person to contribute his or her talents to society, human trafficking takes basic freedom away from unfortunate lives. In crime statistics, they only reflect a number in this multi-billion dollar industry. Yet, society forgets they also represent humans who should have the basic rights and freedoms of everyone.

Human trafficking–not a small problem, but civilization’s hidden plague.

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