Human Trafficking Is The Most Powerful Weapon Against The Long Night Of Physical Slavery

835 Words Jul 4th, 2015 4 Pages
“As long as the mind is enslaved the body can never be free. Psychological freedom and a firm sense of self-esteem is the most powerful weapon against the long night of physical slavery ” – Martin Luther King Jr. Slavery is a deep-rooted global phenomenon that manifests in the form of sex trafficking, bonded labor, and organ trafficking. It has become a rapid growing infection that has entrapped, murdered, and enslaved millions of innocent individuals. Every year in the United States and across the world, millions of men, women, and children are taken as slaves and illegally trafficked for exploitation or commercial gain. According to the International Labor Organization (2012) it estimates that there are 4.5 million people who are victims of forced sexual exploitation, including approximately 945,000 children. Furthermore, it is estimated that roughly 100,000 to 300,000 children are at risk of commercial sexual exploitation in the United States at any given time or place. Now we must come to a realization that human trafficking is not a problem that exists merely on faraway shores and in developing countries, but also a home-based problem in which American children and women are being recruited, exploited, and trafficked for commercial gain. Through the use of foreign policies, awareness, and governmental intervention, human trafficking may be dramatically reduced and eradicated to help end this illegal form of modern slavery. Human Trafficking is a problem that has been…

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