The Pros And Consequences Of Sex Trafficking

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There is a girl sitting in a dark room, naked, cold, and hungry, waiting for the next john to enter the room and rape them. This is sadly the reality for many individuals who are victims of sex trafficking/human trafficking. Sex trafficking is defined as, “the illegal trade of human beings mainly for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labour” (Allais). An estimated twenty-seven million people are in bondage across the globe (“A21”). Human trafficking is a century old issue that continues to claim too many victims each year. Because of its secretive nature, knowing the exact number of victims is impossible. Furthermore, the trade of sex trafficking is continuously evolving, making it increasingly difficult for law enforcement …show more content…
Truly, sex trafficking is an omnipresent issue that violates several human rights including the right to human dignity, the right to work without being forced, the right to personal autonomy, the right to enjoy physical and mental health, and the right to a just and favorable wage (Allais). Trafficking is a petrifying process that involves physical, sexual, and psychological abuse and violence. It also exposes the victims to HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. When people hear about sex trafficking, they usually think of faraway places, but the reality is sex trafficking is occurring in their own backyards. Sex trafficking is the most common form of modern-day slavery. The United States is one of the top ten destinations for human trafficking (Hepburn & Simon). Many times the U.S. is overlooked when discussing sex slavery, but tens of thousands of people are trafficked into the country each year (Hepburn & Simon). Victims of sex trafficking in the United States come from all over the world including natural-born citizens. Mexico, Central America, Asia, Africa, and Europe are all areas from which people are imported into the United States to be trafficked. The Central Intelligence Agency estimates that there are …show more content…
Educating the public and bringing awareness to human trafficking can help reduce the number of victims caught in sex trafficking. Because of its secretive nature, law enforcement have difficulties identifying victims and their traffickers. Many victims never escape their captors and only a predicted one to two percent of victims are ever rescued (“A21”). Hundreds of organizations across the world try to save and rehabilitate victims of sex trafficking. They also work to educate the public about the signs of a potential trafficker, which could keep a potential victim from getting in over their head. Often times victims enter into the sex slave trade without knowing until it is too late. Women around the world leave their families with the promise of a good paying job. When they arrive at their new job, they quickly realize that they are now stuck in the grasps of a trafficker. In other cases, a trafficker will pay to have a women flown into the United States and when she arrives they force her into sex trafficking. Pimps often guilt their victims by causing the victim to owe them money. They will charge the victims outrageous fees, such as room and board, so that the victim is always in debt to them. For some, they would need to have sex with about 667 men before they could eliminate their debt (Hepburn & Simon). By doing this, the victim will have to continue being trafficked to

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