For paper number three I plan on writing about human trafficking. While doing some research I came across this government document labeled “The trafficking in Persons Report.” It is really nothing interesting at all so don’t even both reading further, but if you do then I will explain more about it.

In a nutshell, human trafficking is pretty much “modern-day slavery.” Bonded labor, sexual slavery, and involuntary servitude are just three of a number of forces that drive this business. It is an extremely popular billion-dollar business that is expanding faster that regulation can handle. It seems as if these traffickers are always one step ahead of the government because when one business gets shut down, there are millions elsewhere.

So basically, the Trafficking in Persons Report is a report about the government’s efforts to fight cases or incidents of people being trafficked. This report raises a global awareness to foreign governments and encourages all countries to take effective actions to counter this sick business. Specifically, the 2011 report calls for “a Decade of Delivery,” which builds off the progress from the past 10 years and looks to seek new ways for victim protection. Some of these ways include: proactive victim identification, comprehensive services for these victims, and laws to protect domestic and agricultural workers.

First, for the proactive victim identification, numerous governments are having its law enforcement officials partake in various training programs to help them identify and catch trafficked victims. This will ultimately make them aware of possible incidents that could potentially occur during the regular duties, ultimately by chance.

Next, medical care, housing care, counseling, and job training and placement etc. are a number of comprehensive services that various government and non-governmental organizations are offering depending on the needs of the trafficked victims.

Last, pending laws are being implemented to protect domestic and agricultural workers from exploitation and trafficking. Believe it or not, the two groups of workers are the most vulnerable and need the most protection. The reasons are because both these groups of workers are basically held behind closed doors and are invisible within the communities in which they work. Any labor protections laws to prevent them from being exploited do not cover them. Therefore, it is vital for the government to implement laws to help minimize these crimes against the humanity of these innocent individuals.

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5 Responses to Trafficked

  1. mcrawford says:

    I am also doing my final paper on human trafficking, therefore found your post very interesting and informative for my paper as well. I think your first resource, Trafficking in Persons Report is a great place to start and allowed you to gain a lot of useful information for your paper. Another useful resource for your paper may be the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 this act allowed me to analyze many things about the act and create recommendations for future polices.

  2. eeewald says:

    This actually relates to my final paper topic of illegal immigration. While researching I found an article that talked about how some illegal immigrants get into the country and how some Americans are taking advantage of it. There are tens of thousands of cases where Americans charge immigrants a few hundred dollars per person to smuggle them into the country. Apparently it’s a really large underground industry that is on the same level as drug trafficking in terms of profitability.

  3. ALXLIONS says:

    I think human trafficking is a very interesting topic. I wonder how prevalent it is in the United States. I know prostitutions is big in some areas but I don’t involuntary solitude occurs often in the US. Most likely I am just naïve to this issue.

  4. bebopper76 says:

    There is a lot of controversy over the topics of sex trafficking, sex slavery, human trafficking and forced prostitution. Regarding what the definition is, the research methods used to find statistics, what the definition of a victim is, the number of child and adult victims involved, forced vs. unforced sex, how the actual prostitutes themselves feel about it, and legal vs. illegal prostitution.

    There is a growing number of well respected researchers, journalists, scientists, professors, that have concluded in their research that the sex trafficking, sex slavery concept is based on emotion, morals, and monetary funding rather than facts, evidence and proof. They state that very few kidnapped, forced against their will, physically abused, raped sex slave prostitutes for profit have been found throughout the world. Their research concludes that women who enter into this type of work do so of their own free will. They also state that there are many anti-prostitution groups who simply do not like the idea of consensual adult prostitution and have distorted the facts in order to push their agenda and receive funding and money into their organizations in the form of donations, grants and to change the laws about prostitution. They state that these anti-prostitution groups use made up child sex trafficking statistics which they have no proof or evidence of in order to gain public acceptance for their cause.

    There is a lot of controversy over the numbers of adult woman who are forced sex slaves. The real factual answer is that no one knows. There is hard evidence that the sex slavery/sex trafficking issue continues to report false information and is greatly exaggerated by politicians, the media, and aid groups, feminist and religious organizations that receive funds from the government, The estimate of adult women who become new sex slaves ranges anywhere from 40 million a year to 5,000 per year all of which appear to be much too high. They have no evidence to back up these numbers, and no one questions them about it. Their sources have no sources, and are made up numbers. In fact if some of these numbers are to believed which have either not changed or have been increased each year for the past twenty years, all woman on earth would currently be sex slaves. Yet, very few real forced against their will sex slaves have been found.

    Sex trafficking is illegal and the pentities are very severe. It is very difficult to force someone to be a sex slave, they would have to have 24 hour guards posted and be watched 365 days a year, 24 hours per day. Have the threat of violence if they refused, and have no one notice and complain to the authorities or police. They would need to hide from the general public yet still manage to see customers from the general public and not have the customers turn the traffickers in to the police. They would need to provide them with medical care, food, shelter, and have all their basic needs met. They would need to have the sex slaves put on a fake front that they enjoyed what they were doing, act flirtatious and do their job well. They would have to deal with the authorities looking for the missing women, and hide any money they may make, since it comes from illegal activity. They must do all of this while constantly trying to prevent the sex slaves from escaping and reporting them to the police. They would need to prevent the general public from reporting them into the police. This is extremely difficult to do, which makes this activity rare. These criminals would be breaking dozens of major laws not just one. Kidnapping itself is a serious crime. There are many laws against sex trafficking, sex slavery, kidnapping, sex abuse, rape, sexual harassment etc. If someone is behind it, they will be breaking many serious laws, be in big trouble, and will go to jail for many long years. And do you actually think that there is a long line of people who want to have a career as a sex slave kidnapping pimp?

    Here are some good websites about sex trafficking:

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