Essay The Trafficking Of The United States

1542 Words Mar 7th, 2016 7 Pages
When someone says the words “human trafficking,” images of emaciated children, forced to work long hours for a pittance in third world countries most likely comes to mind. However, in recent years, the face of a trafficking victim in the United States has changed. In the state of California, 79% of reported trafficking crimes are related to the commercial sex industry, and in 2011, 80% of sex trafficking victims in the U.S. were American citizens. While many immigrants and nationals of other countries are still targeted, impoverished American women are being lured into captivity by promise of a better life by traffickers. Immigrants and US citizens alike are being trafficked at an increasingly higher rate; this is in part due to the fact that vulnerable, poor children are most preyed upon and the rate of poverty in the US is increasing. All humans deserve to have control over their bodies. In most films, the trafficking victim is drugged, forced into a van and sold into a life of slavery. In reality, most victims know their captors, and go to work for them under the false pretense of legal jobs, such as waitressing or modelling. The traffickers then seduce the victims with the illusion of work, and once they commit to the abuser, the victims are forced into selling sex almost immediately. Concurrently, these same controllers profit from their girls, making on average $632,000 a year. In comparison, the average U.S. citizen earns $59,261 annually. Human trafficking, at least…

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