America Today Still Has Slavery Essay

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Human trafficking, a terrible crime known as a modern day form of slavery, “Human trafficking endangers the lives of millions of people around the world, and it is a crime that knows no borders” (Obama). Not many people realize the significant number of people human trafficked within the U.S. People forced into human trafficking are victims of modern day slavery because they are forced into trafficking by physical and emotional abuse, they are tricked by false opportunities, and they are often unprotected by the law.
Human trafficking is a problem found all around the world, even in the United States, and
has had been around and discouraged as early as the 19th century. Throughout history in the United States, there has been a
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The pimp wants the victim to be in a state of fear so he can control the victim. Once the victim fears the pimp enough, the victim will enter a state where they are almost “mentally projecting themselves out of their bodies, and often become seemingly detached spectators of their own violation” (Leidholdt 7). Many women can not handle the traumatic situation they are in, so they try to detach themselves mentally. The pimp is only keeping the victim for pleasure and money so “women who fail to service enough men are commonly beaten or raped” (Hodge 147). Some pimps take the beatings to another level and hurt the victim for pleasure.
Another way a victim can be harshly mistreated is by a gorilla pimp, which is a pimp known for going to extreme forms of punishment such as beatings “with wire coat hangers, deliberately breaking a victim's bones, or pulling out her fingernails" (Leidholdt 8).
In the United States you can not do any of these things without getting arrested, but these things are happening here in America under the nose of the government and the citizens of America as well.
One of the most physical ways a victim of human trafficking is abused is by forced human labor, which is more common in other countries across the globe, but it still exists in the United States. Some of the grueling and toilsome work include “field…

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