Human Trafficking Is An International Criminal Industry

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Human trafficking is an international criminal industry that affects people of all ages, sexes, races, and cultures. Human trafficking is the recruitment and transportation of people by use of force, fraud, deception, and/or coercion for the purpose of exploitation. This illegal industry includes forced labor, sex, servitude, and criminal activity (Hemmings 2). Human trafficked victims may be working on farms, in factories, and on construction sites. Every year thousands of people are employed in the international human trade. Although it is difficult to provide an accurate number of victims involved in the trafficking industry, an estimated four to twenty-seven million people are currently enslaved worldwide (Smouse). While nations across …show more content…
Lack of awareness in health workers, law enforcement, and other official institutions is a major reason people are increasingly involved in human trafficking. All members of society need to be educated on the nature of human trafficking, the signs pointing to human trafficking situations, and on the damage caused to victims. Government agencies, hospitals, media, businesses, and the general public need to work together to help prevent trafficking and rescue victims. The general public can play just as large a role as the state government in helping identifying trafficking situations by reporting concerns to the state government. However, the government departments such as health care and the police need to be available and open to the concerns of the public. Traffickers often target the vulnerable, hurting, and lonely people. Traffickers gain a psychological hold over such victims making them feel as if their situation is their own fault and they deserve to be punished (Human Trafficking Task Force). In order to help prevent such cases, friends, neighbors, and teachers need be aware of the signs of human trafficking such the appearances of physical/sexual abuse, fear, anxiousness, depression, and nervousness, or the incapability to know where he/she is at the time. Public awareness is necessary if the state of Ohio wants to prevent further …show more content…
Ohio is already doing enough to fight human trafficking without spending more money on training. In Ohio’s Human Trafficking Task Force Report Elizabeth Janis, Anti-trafficking Coordinator, wrote in a letter to Human Trafficking Task Force members that, “In 2012 the Polaris Project, a nationally recognized human trafficking organized anti-human trafficking nonprofit organization, recognized Ohio as one of the four Most Improved states in the nation for strengthening its anti-trafficking laws” (Janis). While it is true that in recent years Ohio has taken a larger stance against human through legislation and by raising more awareness of the issue, Ohio still has a long fight against trafficking. Having educated and trained professional responders is equally necessary if Ohio wants to weaken the power of the human trafficking trade. In order for the laws and legislation to be carried out successfully, Ohio needs competent professionals to understand the laws and be able to properly enforce and follow them. Without educated and trained healthcare professionals and police task forces, Ohio would not be able to successfully fight human

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