Persuasive Essay On Modern Day Slavery

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In today’s society we believe that slavery has been abolished, but this is not the case at all. A new type of slavery, known as modern-day slavery is on the rise and is growing at an alarming rate. This modern-day slavery is better known as domestic minor sex trafficking or DMST. Despite that DMST is becoming more of an issue in the world, especially in the United States, very little is known about it due to the difficulty in tracking such activity. Through learning which youths are more likely to become victims, as well as researching prevention and enacting laws to be enforced by law enforcement and nurses, we can slowly help put an end to this devastating issue. DMST is complicated to grasp an understanding due to the fact that there is …show more content…
243). The United States is even surpassing other countries in the number of victims, which our youths have the greatest chance of entering this industry (Kotrla, 2010, p.181). Each year, about one to two million youths from age 5 to 15 are sold into DMST, with an addition 244,000 to 325,000 at risk children in the United States alone (Countryman-Roswurm & Bolin, 2014, p.522). These individuals typically enter into the industry around the age of 13, far below the legal age (McClain & Garrity, 2010, p. 245). Even women involved in sex trafficking more than likely entered the industry before 18. Sex trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world, falling close behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking. In spite of currently being second, many believe is will soon be the largest, and is currently is a $7 to $10 billion industry (McClain & Garrity, 2010, p. 244).. This is due to this differences in contraband. Contraband in sex trafficking is the humans, more specifically in this situation, the children, which can be sold and resold to be used over and over again, and even being the most profitable (Jordan, Patel, & Rapp, 2013, p.356). This provides a much easier job for those running DMST because they have a reusable “product” unlike those involved in illicit drugs and arms …show more content…
The reason that there is a correlation between the two is because this also is similar to that of the grooming process, especially because DMST is often likely to come from a previous relationship of manipulation (Countryman-Roswurm & Bolin, 2014, p.526). This is especially likely for young teen girls who are manipulated to believe their pimp is someone who truly cares about them, and tries to convince this to them through the use of gifts. Often, the youth then chooses to be a part of DMST due to the love of her pimp and that she believes that she owes something to her pimp, which adds to the issue of victim blaming in these situations (Countryman-Roswurm & Bolin, 2014,

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