Human Trafficking, A Global Injustice Essay

1712 Words Nov 15th, 2016 7 Pages
Human Trafficking, A Global Injustice Human trafficking and exploitation is an injustice that has existed for thousands of years and continues to exist not only in the United States, but worldwide. Human trafficking includes, trafficking for sexual exploitation, trafficking of organs and trafficking of forced labor. Today people worldwide are suffering from this modern day slavery.
According to Harvard Law and International Development Society, in 2013, the U.S. State Department estimated that there are twenty-seven million victims worldwide, who are trafficked for forced labor or commercial sex exploitation. A 2011 report from the Department of Justice found that of more than 2,500 federal trafficking cases from 2008 to 2010, 82% concerned sex trafficking and nearly half of those involved victims under the age of 18 (Harvard Law and International Development Society, 2014).
Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry, where perpetrators profit from the control and exploitation of others (forgottenchildreninc.org, 2016). The global statistics on the abuse of girls are startling. Sheryl WuDunn stated, “In the nineteenth century, the central moral challenge was slavery. In the twentieth century, it was the battle against totalitarianism. In this century, the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality around the world (WuDunn, 2009).” Sexual exploitation is the most commonly identified form of trafficking and it is often misunderstood. Many…

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