Criminals: Four Pros And Cons Of Human Trafficking

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The Merriam Webster dictionary defines human trafficking as: organized criminal activity in which human beings are treated as possessions to be controlled and exploited. In other words, modern day slavery in the form of forced prostitution and forced labor. Traffickers trick individuals into forced labor and sex trafficking by manipulating and take advantage of their weaknesses. Human traffickers use force, threats, lies, and substance abuse to control their victims. There are four main ways in which individuals are lured into human trafficking. The first way is by getting people to cross the border promising them great jobs, opportunities, and freedom. However, when these people arrive in the destination country, these individuals are instead …show more content…
This means they weigh the pros and cons, and determine if the reward is worth the risk. Because criminals see human trafficking as low risk and high reward, it is in their nature to try and get away with it. After international drug trade, trafficking of humans is tied for second place with arms dealing as the second- largest criminal industry in the world. The International Labor Organization claims that human trafficking turns an annual worldwide profit of $44.3 billion, and forced generates $150 billion in illegal profits per year. (ILO, 2005). Unlike drugs, humans can be sold over and over again. This is seen as a pro for criminals, because after they are done with them, they can sell them to someone else. Another reason that criminals think that the pros outweigh the cons, is that it is difficult for law enforcement to catch them. Pimping young girls is a lot less risky than selling drugs. If they do get caught, the girl is the one that gets arrested, and they won’t tell on their pimps because they are scared for their …show more content…
Even though there are hotlines, most trafficking victims will not tell anyone what is going on because of fear and abuse they have suffered at the hands of their trafficker. They may reluctant to come forward with information even when asked, because they fear that they can’t be saved (Identify and Assist a Trafficking Victim, 2016). Because we already have laws in place that punish traffickers once they are caught, what we have to do now, is inform everyone about this horrible crime, so they can recognize red flags, and help those who are too scared to help themselves. Some red flags that are pointed out by the organization “Hope for Justice” include: Poor living conditions, multiple people in cramped space, employer is holding identity documents, never leave the house without their “employer”, and many others (Spot the Signs, n.d.). While some victims are locked up, or hidden away, many of them are right in front of us, at bars, strip clubs, nail salons, and other businesses. Because it is so hard to spot victims of this crime, we need as many people informed, and looking as we can. According to the rational choice theory, until the risks of being caught, outweigh the benefit of the money they are making, this crime will never

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