Human Trafficking And The United States Essay

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Human Trafficking in the United States Human trafficking is the trade of humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor, or commercial sexual exploitation for the traffickers of others. Human trafficking can occur anywhere within the United States. Today, there are more than 20 million enslaved people. Human trafficking is a crime because of the violation of the victims rights of movement through coercion and because they’re being exploited. Victims may be forced into prostitution and other areas of sex trade, this would be called sex trafficking. In the US workers get recruited from homeless shelters and other places, to get transported to labor camps, where they are exploited. This type of human trafficking would be called Labor trafficking. When most people in the US think of slavery, they think about the Atlantic slave trade of the 1500’s. Slave traders from that time took people from western Africa to European colonies and parts of the Americas and Caribbean (Behnke 2015, 6). The history of slavery goes back thousands of years to other parts of the world. There are more than 4 times the slaves in the US today, than there was in 1860. In modern times, as today instead of calling it slavery many people refer to it as human trafficking. Some people that are put into trafficking, are trapped in bondage to pay off debts. Other people take jobs based on false promises, when their new bosses are under control and they are…

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