Stop Sex Trafficking Essay

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Stop Sex Trafficking Sex trafficking refers to the forced prostitution of women and, though it affects millions, few are aware of the severity. At least 20.9 million adults and children are bought and sold worldwide into commercial sexual servitude, forced labor and bonded labor. Hundreds of thousands of these cases are in the United States (NHTRC). Some of these occurrences are happening in your state or even in your neighborhood. 20.9 million innocents are forced into sexual acts so that their pimp can make a profit. According to Equalitynow.org, two million of these instances are children and 98% of this number is made up of women and girls (Survivor Stories). Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world and …show more content…
Awareness needs to be raised in order to bring these astonishing numbers down. According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, traffickers usually look for new recruits in rural hotspots such as malls, bus stops, or sporting events: tracking down those who manifest vulnerability. 56 percent of prostituted women were initially runaway youth. Runaway youth are vulnerable and are looking for some form of stability. In some cases these pimps who are offering them money and a ' 'job" may make it sound like this is just what they need right now. Other pimps may pose as a significant other, working their way into your life as a person who you trust and care for (NHTRC). Then they ask you to do sexual acts for them and other men? How can you say no? If funding was put towards the prevention of sex trafficking, programs could be set up that would inform about the terrors of sex trafficking and what to watch out for when you are out on a, seemingly harmless, girl’s night out or are going to catch a movie with friends. These programs would travel to schools and educate youth and have free public presentations in order to reach those who are not in school. Signs to look for are someone who works unusual or long hours, shows signs of abuse, is anxious/ paranoid, or has a significant other who is much older

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