“Houston has the highest number of trafficking victims in the nation,” says Texas Assistant Attorney General, Krista Melton. Houston is a Main hub when it comes to Human trafficking being that it is a big city with both I-10 and the ports makes it a popular destination to allow entry of international human trafficking. Houston’s government developed team CAT is working on a strategic plan to get the word out on how we can end human trafficking in Houston. In their plan to stop human trafficking they developed multiple objectives to help smooth over the process and spread the word to make Houston an exemplary city to help lead the fight in human trafficking. In their first objective, they describe how they will help by implement training with multiple districts of the city from the courts and jail all the way to the health departments and airports. In their second objective, they choose to try to raise awareness in the public by holding events in Houston to talk about human trafficking and educate the public on the subject. The third objective is when they start taking charge and working with the police force setting up stakeouts and investigations to help and protect the victims of human trafficking. The fourth objective is to branch out in to public businesses and educate them in human trafficking. They final objective is to make the city of Houston an example and leader of how to get rid of human trafficking in the city. With these hopes and plans to eliminate human trafficking they are decreasing how much of human trafficking is left in
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.
As horrible as that sounds, the United States has there own cases to deal with in human trafficking. Big events are the easiest places to find vulnerable women and one place where everyone is loud (can’t hear someone scream), most adults are drinking (alcohol not soda), and its nationally broadcasted in the month of February is the largest even for trafficking. That event is the Super Bowl. Where thousands of people are inside a stadium screaming because it 's the biggest football game and they’re at the game hoping to get a chance to be on TV. During the super bowl in 2010, Miami was accounted to have over 10,000 prostitutes there. There were 133 arrests that night for sex with minors (Anderson 2). This was over 6 years ago, numbers are only getting bigger, as more cases are revealed as the years go on. This enormous sporting event makes it an ideal place for traffickers to make a lot of cash fast. “Anytime you have a large number of people gathering in one place, especially males, and it 's a party atmosphere, its prime ground for sex trafficking. (Anderson 2)”. Sex ads online increased 10 days surrounding the date of the Super Bowl. On websites they have an adult entertainment page and listings of “Super Bowl Specials” were there for men interested in women and escort services. The only way to end this and save innocent victims lives from being damaged is to not have a demand for these women and
In the United States, human trafficking has taken on different forms than what is normally thought of as human trafficking. It can range from a migrant laborer wanting to get a job to be able to support his family to survive who is then forced into manipulative work to a child running away to get away from abuse that is happening at home and the person that is helping the child get away from the abusive situation at home turns out to be exploiting him or her to make a profit (Farrell et al, 2014). According the International Labour Organization has estimated that 20.9 million people are involved in human trafficking in the whole world, with 1.5 million victims are in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe. In 2011, there were 3,969 convictions worldwide, and there were only 151 convictions in the United States. There is belief that the reason why for the low convictions of human trafficking in the United States is because the new requirements of federal and state human trafficking laws are not being enforced, but others are saying that the numbers of human trafficking are overstated and that there are fewer victims than estimated. The low numbers of victims could also be a result of professionals not being able to identify human trafficking victims when they interact with the
Individuals all over the world are at risk of being abducted and sold into some form of human trafficking or forced prostitution. As a resident of Oklahoma, I am concerned for the safety of my friends and family in regard to this ever-increasing occurrence. Worldwide, human trafficking is the second largest form of organized crime. This is especially true in Oklahoma. Interstate Highways forty, thirty-five, and forty-four all three run through Oklahoma reaching from coast to coast, and from Mexico to Canada. These highways make Oklahoma the perfect avenue for human trafficking. Because of these highways, new cases of this epidemic emerge in Oklahoma every day. For example, in June of 2015, five residents of Oklahoma
Within government, this means the participation and coordination among agencies with a range of responsibilities that include criminal enforcement, labor enforcement, victim outreach and services, public awareness, education, trade policy, international development and programs, immigration, intelligence, and diplomacy. Few crimes are more abhorrent than child trafficking, and few crimes are more challenging for communities to recognize and address. For many people, the reality of trafficking in their community is difficult to take in or accept, let alone confront. For educators and school personnel, the reality of these crimes and the severity of their impact are cause for a call to
Human trafficking has become more visible by the help of the media. The media shows everything about this clandestine crime, that are hidden from view. It visualizes the issue to get support because people don’t take action if they don’t see the problem. So, the possibility of saving lives, preventing the wrongdoings increases with the more visibility the issue gets. 4 years ago, the image on the top was published like a pop-up ad. Approximately, 24.000 people clicked on it and found out the ugly truth about human trafficking.
Bridgette Carr composed the Article “Trafficking Victims Protection Act needs to be more supportive of child victims”. As a clinical assistant professor and director of human trafficking clinic at the University of Michigan Law School she has done much research on this topic. Her article deals with how the government officials, such as U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security, and other government agencies that are responsible for the trafficking of child victims. Professor Carr argues that there should be better ways to avoid the way that child trafficking victims are treated when caught in a sting operation. She does this by explaining
Many people have heard of human trafficking, yet many people just turn a blind eye to the issue. In a sense that if it is out of sight it is out of mind. Which is why we need a response team for the individuals who are able to move past these experiences and make it out on top. They need help as well as support. The problem is many of the victims of sex trafficking are stuck and do not know how to get out. It is hard to say if they are being held against their will or if they are their on free will. This is where it becomes difficult because we cant help these people if they are not ready to leave the life and receive help. How we can address the problem is by having specialized individuals respond to a call or a situation and give these victims
It is important that the public is informed about the nature of human trafficking, how to assist law enforcement in the fight against trafficking, and how to avoid becoming a victim. Like some in law enforcement, much of the public may view victims of human trafficking as participators in the crime, leading to a negative stigma associated with trafficking victims. By educating the public about the true nature of human trafficking, this stigma may be alleviated. Additionally, law enforcement may benefit from the creation of specific ways for the public to report suspected cases of human trafficking, particularly in large cities or areas with high levels of trafficking. Yates (2015) stresses the need for law enforcement to create community partnerships with the general public, civic and social groups, and religious organizations in the fight against human trafficking. The organizations can come alongside criminal justice agencies to help raise public awareness about
It might be easy to hear the facts about human trafficking, but fall into the false idea that it is simply up to our government and other such groups to deal with this important issue, and this is simply not true, in our technology advanced day and age it is now easier than ever to help do our part to help end this horror.
The world has gone through a lot of major events in the past. However, there is still darkness in the background that people are ignoring. Human trafficking needs to be talked about more. The lost souls of the people that who were taken, are still roaming. They deserve their justice. All around the world human trafficking exists and there needs to be a stop to it. Human Trafficking is a national problem because current laws are ineffective and therefore action needs to be taken to reduce the problem.
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
Besides human trafficking is one of those serious crimes which is globally considered as the major cause of a fact that majority of the people carrying HIV/AIDS virus are women. Many women and children are unaware of risks associated when they intentionally opt for selling their bodies. So it is our government’s duty to establish public awareness campaigns on this issue because no nation is unaffected to this crime.
Human Trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labour, organs removal, commercial sex exploitation and economic exploitation. Normally, trafficking is done by threat, compulsion, abduction, fraud, misleading, abuse of power, vulnerability, giving payments or benefits to a person in control of the victim .Trafficking in person is a serious crime and dignified violation of human rights . Most of people nowadays do not know that human slavery still exists; after it was abolished 150 years ago, its proven when there is an auction of young women intended for sexual slavery occurred publicly in Britain highly policed location and another auction even took place in front of a café at Greenwich Airport, Britain (News by BBC UK, 4 June 2006, 14.31 GMT). These crimes have been booming and become a global phenomenon when victims from at least 153 countries were detected in 124 countries worldwide between 2010 and 2012. Female hold the biggest percentage of victims and the remaining are men and children but recently the percentage of children in victims have been increasing to one third of the victims of human trafficking in the world. On top of that, trafficking of human is world 2nd most profitable criminal activity after drug trafficking according to report made by Ricky Martin Foundation, which is major donor to