The Responsibility Of Sex Trafficking In The United States

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Worldwide, 27 million people are being trafficked. Women, men and children are recruited, compelled into labor or commercial sex, held against their will, scared to leave, and unaware of their rights they are granted as a human. Any form of human trafficking is a major human rights violation. Denise, a 13 year old in California, belonged to a foster home. She craved love and support, and found that in an older boyfriend who slowly convinced her she could earn a lot of money as a prostitute. She was arrested multiple times and also served time in jail. Law enforcement could not identify her as a human trafficking victim, so she did not receive social services but instead served plenty of time in jail (IFO). As a human whom deserves every right, …show more content…
Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act. Under federal law of the United States, any minor under the age of 18 sold into the sex industry is a victim of sex trafficking regardless. The average age a child is trafficked into sex is at a shocking 13 years old. Passed in October of 2000, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act created new forced labor and sex trafficking criminal offenses for perpetrators, as well as protective measures for victims (Bales). With sex trafficking comes the diseases. The Trafficking Victims Protections Act can be used as a tool to convince foreign countries to address the dual epidemics of HIV and sex trafficking. The TVPA provides a framework for collection of data for HIV/AIDS in human trafficking. Global epidemics of sex trafficking and HIV/AIDS primarily in the lives of women and children …show more content…
Victims want to start their lives after their pimps are caught, but victims often still have convictions of prostitution, disorderly conduct, and criminal possession of a weapon because victims are not identified as victims. In an effort to help survivors of human trafficking move forward with their lives, most states now allow them to vacate prior convictions when they are identified as victims. (Lawrenson). In an article that Wenchi Perkins wrote, she states that human trafficking is one of the most egregious human rights violations in the present. She says that traffickers prey on the most vulnerable of members of society. According to the Trafficking in Persons Report of the United States Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are traded annually across the borders of the United States. The number is even bigger when factoring in domestic trafficking. The increasing lucrative industry is often associated with organized crime

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