Human Trafficking Essay

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Source: "Fact Sheet: The Obama Administration Announces Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking at Home and Abroad." The White House. September 25, 2015. Accessed January 10, 2016.

Notes: Message from President Obama (2012) addressing human trafficking, and the importance of eliminating this problem in the United States and worldwide. President Obama initiates efforts to monitor and combat trafficking in persons.

• “It ought to concern every person, because it’s a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at the social fabric. It ought to concern every business,
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Notes: American companies that produce goods and profit from the abusive exploitation of slave labor (i.e.: Apple, Hershey (chocolate), and Patagonia (clothing company). As consumers, we should be made aware of these practices and make decisions on whether we continue to support these companies in the future.
• Source: Duhigg, Charles, and David Barboza. "In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an IPad." The New York Times. January 25, 2012. Accessed January 10, 2016.
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• “Every ten minutes, a woman or child is trafficked into the United States for forced labor. Around the world, it is estimated that twenty-seven million people are living in slavery, and human trafficking has become a $12 billion a year global industry. The numbers are staggering, yet produce a numbing effect on the collective consciousness of us all” (Page 19).

• “Human trafficking today is more profitable than ever before. Today, the profitability of these smuggling rackets rivals that of the drug trade. An estimated profit of $8 to $10 billion annually is garnered through prostitution and forced labor of those trafficked” (Page 21).

• “Human trafficking is the ‘perfect crime.’ The chances of being caught are slight, small penalties exist for those unfortunate enough to be caught, huge profits can be made, and this particular trade rests on a commodity that can be used and reused, sold and bartered” (Page 21).

• “The U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft stated in 2003, ‘Those who traffic in human lives treat people as easily expendable and highly profitable. But behind each dollar sign is a human tragedy” (Page

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