Essay about Human Trafficking And Sexual Exploitation

1314 Words Mar 30th, 2015 6 Pages
Nothing drives the passion and stirs the emotion more than the horrendous stories of modern day slavery, also known as human trafficking. Human trafficking is the coercion of human beings for the purpose of forced labor, sexual exploitation or both and is a worldwide problem.1 What is human trafficking? The U.S. State Department categorizes human trafficking under two major classes, sex trafficking and involuntary servitude. Involuntary servitude is defined as the impressment of persons for labor services, most of who are harbored in confining conditions or as actual slaves. Sex trafficking is defined as the procurement and use of persons for commercial sex that is induced by force or coercion.1 Although there are two classifications, sex trafficking is the predominant form of human trafficking. In the United States, sex trafficking accounts for 83% of all reported incidents. Of those reported incidents, 46% of victims are forced into prostitution and 30% are funneled into the child sex trade.1 Trafficking does not require transportation although it may be involved as a control mechanism to keep victims in unfamiliar places.5 The element of transportation is not required for an incident to be classified as human trafficking. Human trafficking is often confused with human smuggling, but they are not the same. Smuggling is a crime against a country’s borders and human trafficking is a crime against a person. 5 The common denominator is the use of force or coercion to…

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