Social Implications Of Human Trafficking

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only because of poor conditions in their own countries, but also due to the allure of opportunity, the relentless demand for such services and the expectation of an attractive income and lifestyle.

3. Explain the social and economic significance of the topic for people:

Economic significance: Essentially, this $32 billion-per-year trafficking industry is driven by the basic market laws of demand and supply and will not stop so long as the risk of being caught is low, the demand remains and the profits are high. In fact, traffickers prefer to see themselves purely as business people who are responding to the demands of the marketplace. And with new communications technology, traffickers can now reach a far wider audience much more safely,
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It also includes people who are trafficked into marriages or into bonded labour markets, including sweat shops, agricultural plantations and domestic service.

I suggest that one factor in the social significance of trafficking is the belief in many undeveloped countries that the lives of women and girls are undervalued and they are therefore at much greater risk of being abused, trafficked, and coerced into sex slavery. Thus, if women’s economic and social circumstances were improved, trafficking would be much reduced.

The cultural stigma of rape and prostitution, brings shame and loss of face to families in many countries. This and religious practices make coming home and reconnecting with their families and communities near impossible for some
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Evaluate the economic and social significance of the topic for people around the world:

Economic significance:

Traffickers: One of the incentives for trafficking is the huge profit made by the buyers and sellers, as well as the criminal organizations that keep the business going. In fact, human trafficking brings in billions of dollars in profit each year worldwide.

Employers of trafficked people: With a global economic crisis on the horizon, the demand for cheap labour is on the rise. Human trafficking allows these demands to be met. Therefore, for companies and employers of these trafficked people, the economic significance is high and positive because they save money by paying their workers little or near nothing.

Aid organisations: Costs for human trafficking prevention can be huge. Aid organisations rely on donations and sponsors to cover costs involved. Due to these large costs as well as other factors, these organisations are limited in what they can do to help resolve the

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