Human Trafficking : A Modern Day Slavery Essay

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On December 6, 1965, the thirteenth amendment was added to the Constitution, formally abolishing slavery in the United States of America. The amendment stated: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction” (Primary Documents in American History). Unfortunately, this traditional slavery has been replaced by human trafficking, a modern-day slavery. Human trafficking is defined as
Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age; or the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery. (Hopper, p. 125)
It is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world and the second largest criminal industry, second only to drug trafficking (Ngwe & Elechi, 2012). Alas, it is likely that human trafficking affects every country on the planet, even the United States. This paper will discuss human trafficking victims, recruiters, statistics, and abolishment/victim recovery initiatives in the United States and in Richmond, Virginia. Due to the covert nature of human trafficking and its high levels of under-reporting, exact…

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