Theresa Flores’s “The Slave Across the Street,” is a personal anecdote whose main purpose is to make Americans aware of the reality of human trafficking being in the U.S. and in our neighborhoods. The book shows how even in seemingly good life situations, traffickers are able to pick out and victimize those that are vulnerable. This does not only happen in third world countries, or in inner city, low income housing. Human trafficking is apparent throughout the U.S., in all levels of socio-economic classes. By Flores telling her story, she achieves the purpose in showing a different side of human trafficking that most people do not realize it has.
Human trafficking is a hot button issue in today’s society, and their are quite a few myths about the said topic. Many first world country citizens believe these myths to be true, but not in the case of David Feingold, the author of “Human Trafficking”. Feingold argues against most of the most common myths in the trafficking industry. Feingold’s main goals are to display to the Feingold reader the common misconceptions and prove them wrong with textual evidence. The author is also trying to plead his case to ignorant or citizens who have little to no knowledge of the human trafficking issue. The article, “Human Trafficking” provides an excellent
Slavery was abolished in 1865, and yet it is among one of the world’s greatest issues. Is there enough being done that sheds a light on human trafficking? Human trafficking, or modern-day slavery, has always been prevalent since hundreds of years ago. Abolishing slavery did not eradicate the issue; it only made people sweep it under the rug. Alessandra Potenza points out that many people are living under modern forms of slavery today. There are many forms in which human trafficking comes, resulting in a variety of slaves. The most widely known would be sex trafficking, while domestic slaves and forced labor are less recognized. Potenza claims modern-day slavery is more common to the lower class, since those surrounded by poverty do not have
Kansas State University professor Nadia Shapkina analyzes the effectiveness of all human trafficking programs throughout the United States and other countries. All these programs want the survivors to recover quickly and be healthy. They all may have very different approaches, but they still try their hardest to help victims of human trafficking. They
These frameworks relate directly to human sex trafficking. The gender roles displayed within sex trafficking are predominately male ‘pimps’ or ‘traffickers’ using multiple tactics to lure women and children into the trade. The average age of a girl first being drawn into the sex trade is 12-14 years old. According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, 51% of the victims lured into the sex trade were women who believed to be in a romantic relationship with their pimps, 18% were offered food, a place to sleep or money, 14% were lured through fake job offerings, 11% were abducted like survivor Clemmie Greenlee, and 6% were lured using other methods. According to the National Runaway Hotline, 1 in 3 teens will be lured towards prostitution within 48 hours of running away from their home. Once introduced to the sex trade multiple tactics are used in order to forcefully keep their victims from escaping. Some of these tactics include: violence, threats to endanger the victims’ family, forcefully injecting the victim with drugs, debt bondage and confiscating their identification. Once these women can no longer attempt to escape, their journey through sex trafficking
Every year, millions of people are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States. Most of this people are immigrants from developing communities, who are transported to developed communities that are more prosperous. Traffickers use immigrant’s workers unfamiliarity with the language, laws and customs as an advantage to manipulate or exploit them in their new environment . Traffickers sells them into involuntary servitude, where immigrants are force to work against their will in harsh working conditions. Labor trafficking has become an important issue to the U.S. presidencial race because illegal immigration has result in an increase of involuntary servitude in the United States. Also labor trafficking violates the
Human trafficking produces billions of dollars in profit every year, it is right behind drug trafficking as the most lucrative form of crime throughout the world. (DHS website). Victims of human trafficking rarely come forward due to the threats of murder, threats of killing their loved ones/friends, as well as having nowhere else to go because they have been ostracized from their own family and their “pimp” is their family. Another issue of why victims do not come forward is that they are afraid of law enforcement so they may go to jail, etc. (DHS website)
Patricia McCormick’s book Sold concerns the life of thirteen year old Lakshmi. At the beginning of the book we see Lakshmi in Nepal with her family, who are incredibly poor. To help support her family, Lakshmi grows cucumbers and tends to rice paddies. However, Lakshmi’s village is without rain for more than sixty days, causing Lakshmi and her mom, Ama, to bring “water up to the rice paddy” (McCormick 20). When the rain finally arrives, it is in the form of a monsoon and it washes away all hope by flooding the rice paddy. To acquire money Lakshmi’s stepfather, a selfish and lazy man, sells Lakshmi to a woman who she is supposed to call Auntie Bimla. Bimla transports Lakshmi to India where she begins her life in a place called the Happiness
Human trafficking or also known as sex trafficking is an international problem that poses a universal threat to human refuge. For centuries, men, women and children around the globe have been captivated and dehumanized by the inhumanity of society (modern day slavery). Not often is human trafficking discussed or brought to awareness like other global issues such as wars in the Middle East or political institutionalism (prison confinement in the US). Human trafficking is a very sensitive, and vital international issue that must be commutated with the theories of constructivism.
The United States prides itself in being “the land of the free” and the “land of opportunity,” yet this is not the case for the many victims of sex trafficking that reside in the U.S. Despite relatively strict legislation and visible media exposure of this crime against humanity, the United States continues to be a destination point for many victims of sex trafficking. Many Americans are surprised that this could happen here despite laws and organizations promoting awareness. A combination of American cultural attitudes toward the sex industry, both positive and negative, the ineffective enforcement of laws, and the high profitability for organized criminals are responsible for the persistence of sex trafficking to the United States.
It is really perturbing that when suddenly when driving into a certain neighborhood, or street, and in a specific time of night, you see various women slowly starting to appear walking in the night. While children wonder why those women are out so late, and parents try unsuccessfully to distract them from the situation, no one truly dares to change anything. Most just simple choose to look away, not aware of the horrors these people face. The sole idea of one’s own family members in this industry, would make anyone’s skin crawl. Sex trafficking has stained society’s history, present, and sadly, it’s future. The solution to this problem may never come, for today, people no longer use their rationality, and most see other human beings as an enemy.
In addition to legislation on human trafficking, criminal justice systems must turn their attention to educating law enforcement officers about the nature and extent of trafficking, while also equipping them with the tools essential to handling these cases. Adequate training is necessary for law enforcement to understand the intricacies of trafficking cases and how to investigate them properly. Farrell, Owens, and McDevitt (2014) stress the need for such specialized training in order for law enforcement officers to embrace new legislation on trafficking, and to understand how to respond to these sensitive cases. Other criminal justice professionals, such as prosecutors, judges, and court personnel, can also benefit from specialized human trafficking
Human trafficking is one of the largest and most prevalent issues that affects all walks of life both domestically and internationally. Human trafficking is not only a horrendous crime but a major human rights violation, impacting public health. “Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery” . Human trafficking is the taking of a person with the intent to exploit them through, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery/servitude, or the removal of organs.
Human trafficking, or trafficking in persons (TIP) or modern day slavery, is a heinous and widespread crime occurring around the world in nearly every society. Most people often thought slavery was part of the past; however, human slavery is part of our current society and has been an on-going issue around the world. Human trafficking is a type of slavery that involves forced or bonded labour, sexual servitude, child labour, or involuntary servitude all over the world. It is important to note that sex trafficking contributes to more than half of human trafficking and most of these victims are women and young girls. This modern day slavery can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at anytime (Ton, 2012).This literature review of documents and reports
We are living in a world where one person has an absolute power over another. The groundless trade of human beings in today’s world shows a deteriorated state of affairs which confirms that the greatest moral challenge facing the globe today is human trafficking. It refers to illegal sale or trade of people for sexual abuse or forced labor through coercion or abducting people.