“The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally. 68% of them are trapped in forced labor. 26% of them are children. 55% are women and girls.”(Polaris) 20.9 million victims, all over the world, mostly female, and portion of them children. All these people, these humans, innocent people just like everybody else, are steadily being forced into slavery, some right now.
What are the stats? Ark of hope for children reports there are an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 victims of human trafficking being sold and traded off every year internationally. With 50% led to believe to be children.In the U.S alone there are an estimated 14,500 to 17,500 people trafficked every year ranging from adults to even infants. Since 2012 there have been about 20.9 victims of trafficking with 1.5 million being here in the U.S. It is such a successful industry making $32 billion in all 50 states.
Therefore, this is clearly not an example of human trafficking. After analyzing each sources use of the three most important components of human trafficking, the better piece is clear. Forced labor, captivity, and poor working conditions were all used as criterion for human trafficking in Noy Thrupkaew’s piece. “Slavery in the Fields” failed to meet even one of these criterion. Human trafficking is a very rampant problem, and we should not reduce it with loose interpretations of what constitutes it.
There are an estimated twenty- seven million adults and thirteen million children who are involved with sex trafficking and roughly two thousand five hundred trafficking victims are believed to still be drifting at sea. Victims are usually beaten, ill treated, drugged, raped and prostituted, but nothing is being done. In the Sex trafficking industry females make up fifty- five percent, males make up forty- five percent, and of those percentages children make up fifty percent. Roughly estimated one point two million children are trafficked every year. When a child or new victim is just starting the traffickers often train the girls themselves by, raping them and teaching them sex acts.
A Human Trafficking ring posed as a French Rugby group to convince twenty-five boys from the ages thirteen to eighteen to travel to France for a fake rugby camp. The case was introduced to the Indian and French police as two of the boys managed to escape; however, the location and identity of the remaining teenage boys is unknown as they may possibly already have been sold or put to work. While providing an adequate summary of a tragic event, this source does however lack details about the hostage boys treatment which would provide to be helpful while trying to compare human trafficking of modern times to that of ancient times. What Ray does show is how human trafficking, or slavery, is prevalent in the modern world and the exploitation of men for labor is a continuity throughout history. For example, the Roman Empire thrived off the work of unpaid workers who made up nearly forty percent or more of the empires entire population.
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.
It is the world’s fastest growing global crime that people are being bought, sold and smuggled for sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, bonded labour and even organ sacrifice ending up with death. The most tragic fact is 26% of the victims that are sucked into trafficking are children. In this violation of human rights’ grave, where persons have a price tag, anyone can be a victim. Human trafficking doesn’t discriminate on age, gender, race or religion. It is happening to humans, just like
2. FACTORS PROMPTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING Human trafficking is a contemporary form of slavery. It is also termed as modern slavery, which is very much prevalent in today’s world. The increasing rate of human trafficking worldwide implies the serious loss of human rights and the continuing marginalization of women’s roles in the society. It is because mostly women become victimised due to this modern form of slavery.
The United States abolished slavery in 1865, the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, "neither slavery nor involuntary servitude...shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction" (The United States Constitution). We never thought that over one-hundred years later there would be a new form of slavery that has affected so many people around the globe. Human trafficking is another name for modern-day slavery, where the victims involved are forced, coerced and deceived into labor and sexual exploitation. Most human trafficking victims are forced into the trade by the false promises made regarding job opportunities. Many women from third world countries are lured into this trade with the bait of false marriages or false jobs.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING: - A SHAME TO HUMANITY Human trafficking is a crime against humanity and is the third largest organized crime after drugs and the arms trade across the globe. It involves an act of recruiting, transporting, transforming, harboring or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them. Human trafficking is a $32- Billion industry worldwide. The United Nations estimate that between 800,000 and 4 million men, women and children are deceived, recruited, transported from their homes and sold into slavery around the world each year. Each year 117,000 people are made victims of human trafficking