Human Trafficking Is An Economic Phenomenon Essay

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The practice of human trafficking continues to be a widespread issue, which is used to exploit individuals especially women and children. These individuals are often forced into the commercial sex trade through prostitution (United Nations Trafficking and Crime, n.d.). Human trafficking steers away from any moral, ethical, or cultural boundaries, but upholds more of an economic value and affects individuals all over the globe. Human trafficking is an economic phenomenon, accumulating billions in profits, through the victimization of millions of people in lesser developed countries, and here in the United States (Bechard, 2006; Rijken, 2002). In underdeveloped countries, such as the Philippines, individuals are more likely and vulnerable to become a victim of human trafficking (Blackburn, Taylor, & Davis, 2010). The U.S. Department of State (2005), reports that the Philippines has become a base destination for human trafficking and experiences one of the highest rates of human trafficking. According to the U.S. Department of State (2014), “10 million Filipino men, women, and children who migrate abroad for skilled and unskilled work are subsequently subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor” (pp. 1). This stems from a majority of its individuals coming from poor families, with little to no education who are more likely to become victims of human trafficking. These individuals who become potential targets of being exploited into commercial sexual servitude encounter…

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