Human Trafficking

I’ve decided to write my final paper on human trafficking; after looking at the long list of topic suggestions, I felt that the current issue of human trafficking should have more attention brought to it. I am also interested in this topic because of the many films produced on human trafficking. Films such as Forgotten, Memoirs of a Geisha, Trade, and Slumdog Millionaire.

The Bureau of Justice issued many statistics on human trafficking. The statistics that caught my eye consisted of the total number of suspected incidents of human trafficking from 2008-2010, the difference in sex trafficking investigations verse labor trafficking investigations and the demographics of the leading suspects. I found it very disturbing that federal agencies were more likely to lead labor trafficking investigations over sex trafficking investigations and therefore I’ve decided to focus my paper on sex trafficking. Sex trafficking is a form of human trafficking consisting of the recruitment, transportation, transfer, and harboring of individuals. Another form of sex trafficking is using persons for the use of commercial sexual exploitation. The illegal implication of sex trafficking is completed through fraud, deception, threat or use of force, abuse of a position of vulnerability, and other forms of coercion.

I found the trafficking Victims Protection Act very useful for understanding the current policies for human trafficking, but ran into issues concerning laws and regulations specifically for sex trafficking. In the trafficking Victims Protection Act, the act fails to include many policy implications for sexual trafficking. The first grey area is refereeing to the definition of sexual trafficking; it defines sexual trafficking as “…recruitment, harboring, transportation provision or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act.” This definition is lacking the terms force, fraud, or coercion, without these three key words there is no sexual trafficking law that protects individuals from force, fraud, or coercion. Based on the problematic areas in the Victims Protection Act stated above as well as additional findings on grey areas in the already existing policies, I hope to find solutions and recommendations that should be implemented.


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9 Responses to Human Trafficking

  1. KCasty says:

    I think this is a great topic to research and use for your final paper. After the movie “Taken” came out a few years ago (inconveniently located right before many of us went abroad!), I am sure most people thought “this wouldn’t happen.” However, what people have to realize is that human trafficking in general and sex trafficking specifically are both serious issues that we need to be aware of and, more importantly, cautious of!

  2. Nate says:

    This sounds like it would be a very interesting topic to research. An awesome movie that you may have seen based on trafficking women is “Taken”. This movie portrays many realistic ideas involved in the illegal business of trafficking women such as the short time interval from when a girl disappears to the point at which they will never be found. Drugs play an important role in this topic such as making the victims addicted to drugs to take away every ounce of their mental power.

  3. mike cardinute says:

    Another great movie to watch is called “human trafficking.” It is basically a three hour movie showing the harsh reality that these innocent people go through. The way they get these girls is by tricking them into thinking they are doing modeling auditions in another country. They present them with this unbelievably, irresistible contract to lure them in. The movie is interesting because one of the younger rookie agents basically goes undercover and purposely tries to get smuggled so she could bust the ring. I will tell you no more because I do not want to ruin it for anyone who has not seen it. Enjoy.

  4. tpm011 says:

    we need to get liam neeson on this right away

  5. Jordi says:

    Dirty Pretty Things is about trafficking, black markets, organ markets, and love! In London. Great film too.

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  8. lizolson says:

    Keep researching and I recommend finding some true stories. I know seeing and hearing all of the stats about something this big and bad can just register as ‘wow, that is too bad and too big for me to do anything about it.” Though it is big, it hit home for me when I got the chance to meet women trapped in trafficking. It was no longer a stat, but a real person. I got to hear her story and know her as a friend. Though it is overwhelming at times, raising awareness and choosing to fight in love for these men and women is a hard but beautiful honor.

    So keep on researching, writing and sharing what you have learned. There is so much to keep learning about these issues and there is rarely a one fit solution to it all.

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