Human Trafficking : A Form Of Modern Day Slavery Essay examples

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Ensnared in the Web of Human Trafficking in America

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has set me to proclaim liberty to captives… to let the oppressed go free…”
- Luke 4:18-19

Video on YouTube: CNN investigative reporter, Amber Lyon, addresses human trafficking in New Jersey as she interviews three African girls who had been victims of human trafficking for years. Their case went to trial, and the perpetrator(s) were found guilty. (Length 5:27 minutes)

A. What is human trafficking? A form of modern day slavery

1. In July 2015, the U.S. Department of State issued its “Trafficking in Persons Report.” As noted in this document, the legal definition is as follows: “Trafficking in persons,” “human trafficking,” and “modern slavery” have been used as umbrella terms for the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion…at the heart of this phenomenon is the trafficker’s goal of exploiting and enslaving their victims and the myriad of coercive and deceptive practices they use to do so.”

2. Human Trafficking involves 1. Force, 2. Fraud, and/or 3. Coercion.

3. “Viewed through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching, human trafficking is a crime against the most basic aspects of human dignity and human rights. It preys on the poor and vulnerable and…

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