Importance Of Human Trafficking

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Good morning/afternoon ladies and gentlemen, today I am here to speak about the representation and treatment of the issue of Human Trafficking in a variety of different texts. Human Trafficking, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, is the act of ‘recruitment, transportation, transfer or harbouring of people’ by abduction or deception for the means of sexual exploitation, forced labour, slavery or organ removal. The three texts that I will be analysing will be Taken, a film by Pierre Morel. A New York Times magazine article by American filmmaker and journalist, Peter Landesman and a memoir by Solomon Northup, 12 Years A Slave. All three texts tackle the idea of human trafficking in its many forms such as sex trafficking, …show more content…
The novel conveys the author’s life story as a free African-American man from the North; he was kidnapped and traded into slavery in the pre-Civil War South. Northup’s autobiography presents a startlingly accurate and verifiable account of the common slave labour in the United States in the antebellum South. Literary techniques the author uses are; Firstly, Diction, the word choices he uses helps the reader fully understand his intended purpose for writing. Secondly, the author uses Imagery to appeal to the reader’s senses. For example, "The crimson and golden fruit hung half hidden amidst the younger and older blossoms of the peach, the orange, the plum and the pomegranate; for in that region of almost perpetual warmth, the leaves are falling and the buds bursting into bloom the whole year long”. Third, the author uses a fair amount of detail when telling his ordeal, for example, Northup’s descriptions of the abuses he suffered and those he was made to inflict was written with extreme detail for example, “The lash was wet with blood, which flowed down her sides and dropped on the ground… She no longer writhed and shrank beneath the lash when it bit out small pieces of her flesh”. Lastly, the type of language that the author uses helps the reader gain insight into that time period and the types of people. The memoir serves as a timeless indictment of the practice of human slavery. The novel, however, depicts an unbiased nature because of its portrayal of White American characters. These characters are portrayed as sympathetic and non-racist compared to a majority of White people’s behaviour towards black slaves at that time. Overall, the novel portrays the real practice of forced labour without fault. Now ask yourself, did slavery end 150 years ago? I think you already know the answer to that

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