Essay on Human Trafficking And Other Forms Of Sexual Exploitation

1372 Words Dec 12th, 2016 6 Pages
Many innocent women and children are kidnapped every year and sold to the black market as laborers, or even worse sex slaves. The practice known as Human Trafficking is a huge problem throughout the world. To understand why people participate in these gruesome acts, we must first know what human trafficking is, how many are affected and how much money the business produces. According to Hodge (2008), The trafficking of young women and children for prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation is one of the most significant human rights abuses in contemporary society. Hodge also mentioned that some people refuse to believe that human trafficking is a real problem even when it occurs right in their own backyard. Human trafficking is defined as the illegal smuggling of humans under undesirable conditions with the purpose of forcing them do to undesirable acts. These acts are often meant to degrade the victim (Farrell, 2011). Pierce (2012) stated that in the U.S. Trafficking Victim Protection Act of 2000, sex trafficking was recognized as a form of human slavery “in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age.” Individuals that “recruit, entice, or obtain a person to engage in commercial sex acts, or to benefit from such activities” are subject to significant penalties. At least 40 states had passed their own legislation criminalizing sex trafficking (Pierce 2012).…

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