The Pros And Cons Of Human Trafficking

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3. Government and non-profit organizations
Notes: United States Secretary of State, John Kerry issued the trafficking of persons report in July 2015. In this report, Kerry acknowledged human trafficking as a global problem. However, the United States has the tools to deter, expose, and apprehend all those who seek to profit by trafficking innocent human beings.

• "The bottom line is that this is no time for complacency. Right now, across the globe, victims of human trafficking are daring to imagine the possibility of escape, the chance for a life without fear, and the opportunity to earn a living wage. I echo the words of President Obama and say to them: We hear you, and we will do all we can to make that dream come true. In recent decades,
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Department of State, (July 1, 2015), accessed December 19, 2015,

4. General population – need to be more aware as consumers
Notes: American companies that produce goods and profit from the abusive exploitation of slave labor (i.e.: Apple, Hershey (chocolate), and Patagonia (clothing company). As consumers, we need to be more attentive to the manufactured goods that we purchase. We, unknowingly, contribute to the continued practice of modern slavery by purchasing products in the supermarket, as well as in the malls.
• “From cell phones to fast food to clothing, so many of the companies we support with our dollars each day, week, month, and year sell goods produced at least in part by individuals who have been enslaved in the name of profit…just because a product is marked “Made in America” doesn’t guarantee it is not, at least partially, a result of slave labor.”
Footnote: Nita Belles, In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do to Stop It (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books, 2015), 66.

Apple Inc. – multibillion-dollar corporation that perpetuates modern-day slavery – uses slave labor to produce the expensive technological devices nearly every American uses on a daily
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They didn’t hire workers themselves and instead turned to so-called labor brokers. These labor brokers charged migrants exorbitant, often illegally high fees in exchange for jobs…Suppliers would open bank accounts into which the workers deposited their paychecks, so that fees for labor brokers could be automatically deducted. Workers’ movements were also restricted through the confiscation of passports. The recruitment and hiring process used by many labor brokers can create a cycle of fear and debt that leaves workers neither able to leave their jobs nor to make a decent

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