Sex Slavery In America

1718 Words 7 Pages
Schools across America teach that slavery ended when Abraham Lincoln declared on January 1, 1863, all slaves in states in rebellion against the Union "shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free." What the school systems fails to teach is the fact that although this proclamation indeed freed the slaves, it did not end slavery. In fact, there are more slaves in the world now than ever before. “Even though slave owners do no legally own their slaves like slave owners used to, they still control them entirely through different means. There are essentially three aspects to modern slavery. The first is severe economic exploitation, the second is the absence of human rights, and the third is the control of one person over another by the prospect …show more content…
People know that prostitution occurs, but they realize that often the prostitutes are being forced. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, on June 28, 2011, a court case brought attention to sex slavery happening in America. To be exact, the case was here in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. A woman named Teresa Ann Walker pleaded guilty to nine charges of sex trafficking. She admitted that she had been doing it for twenty years. She claimed she had a large clientele of around 1,000 people, and housed a stable of females that worked for her. Her business operated all over Tennessee, having bases in Nashville and Pigeon Forge. The arrest was made when police busted into a hotel room on Church Street, the very street I live off of, where a sixteen year old girl was found with a man, claiming she was working for Teresa Walker. Teresa was addicted to crack cocaine and sold these girls to feed her addiction. She would get the girls addicted to crack too so they would depend on her even more. Walker’s son and daughter helped her with her business. The son would recruit women and underage girls and the daughter prostituted herself. Walker is now serving 188 months in prison and ten years of supervised release. This is merely one instance of sex trafficking in America, but a great reminder that sex trafficking is not just a foreign issue, but a domestic one as well. More programs need to be formed to educate young girls about the atrocities of sex trafficking so they can better protect themselves from potentially becoming a victim, as well as be able to identify the characteristics of traffickers and their

Related Documents

Related Topics