Human Trafficking History

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Human Trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery involving the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain (“Human Trafficking”). Human trafficking evolved from slavery in the early 1900’s and in the past 100 years has become a global market. There are several different types of human trafficking such as forced labor, sexual exploitation, people smuggling, and the harvesting of organs for commercial profit (“Types of Human Trafficking”). There are an estimated 27 million enslaved women, men, and children all over the world. The average age of a trafficking victim is 12 years old (“Human Trafficking - The A21 Campaign”). Victims of human trafficking are stripped of their identity and are denied their natural, human rights. …show more content…
In 1904, the International Agreement for the Suppression of "White Slave Traffic" was put into place, preventing women and children from being trafficked into the sex trade. The League of Nations was created in 1927 to discuss international issues, such as human trafficking. Human trafficking has become a growing issue around the world and it was not until 1995 that “the United Nations held the fourth World Conference to address the issue of trafficking of women. In this meeting, a major accomplishment was the fact that trafficking was actually recognized as an act of violence against women, and the concept of trafficking was further defined”(“Timeline of Human Trafficking”). The Polaris project was founded in 2002, which is an organization that is aiming to create a society that does not contain human trafficking (“The Facts”). The nonprofit is a source of relief for trafficking victims, receiving thousands of calls and cases each year (“Hotline Statistics”). In 2009, a large human trafficking ring was busted in Taipei, Taiwan, involving several young females who were brought to the U.S. illegally with fake passports (“Timeline of Human Trafficking”). Human trafficking is an international industry that has continued to thrive due to new methods of work. Despite the international awareness of human trafficking, the measures needed to be taken in order to end the …show more content…
Within the United States, human trafficking occurs in every state. Though most middle-class citizens of the U.S. are not exposed to the crime of human trafficking, it occurs in most cities. Getting abducted and put into human trafficking could happen to anyone, depending on the situation that they are in. People who are not affected by human trafficking show little urgency in the movement to eradicate human trafficking. These people are those who are very wealthy and actually have legislative power. For the system to be broken, human traffickers and all those who benefit from trafficking must be stopped. It is necessary for awareness to be raised about human trafficking in order to prevent future trafficking cases. A system needs to be put into place that informs potential victims of possible trafficking sites, traffickers themselves, or signs of trafficking in their community so that they do not fall into the same trap that many before them have. Many vulnerable people are not aware of the tactics used to reel in victims, which is how they end up being trafficked themselves. The end of human trafficking will mean a world where it is safe for young women to get a new job, for a child to help their family by working, and for a woman to move to America to find work. All of these situations are outlets for human trafficking because of their vulnerable state (“Trafficking in Persons Report”). Without

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