Trafficking is an issue that has been plaguing the world for centuries. Trafficking is when a type of product is being sold or traded illegally. There are many different divisions such as drug trafficking and weapons dealing. However, one of the more disturbing forms of trafficking is human trafficking, the act of selling a person as if they were a commodity. Crime experts predict that human trafficking will exceed the profitability of both arms trafficking and drug trafficking
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However, many people falsely believe that most human trafficking victims are sold into sexual exploitation when, in truth, they are not. According to Feingold, a study done in 2005 by the International Labour Organization found that out of the estimated 9.5 million victims in Asia forced into servitude, less than ten percent are trafficked for sexual exploitation (26). There are, in fact, additional subdivisions of trafficking other than sexual exploitation that a victim can be forced to take part in. Some examples, according to Ivanova, are labor exploitation and illegal organ removal and transplanting (27). An instance of the former is in Brazil, where males are sold to work in the mines in the Amazon jungle, while their female counterparts are usually sold into the sex industry (Feingold 31). Despite these already illegal situations, the traffickers often take the abuse a few steps further.
In addition to the crime of abducting people and selling them for a profit, the victims can be abused further. Feingold writes that in a study at Burmese found that in Thailand, it is common practice to have domestic workers beaten, forced into labor without pay, sexually assaulted, sleep deprived, and raped (26). The fact that the traffickers are often doing these callous acts to their own citizens is horrendous. But, regrettably, human trafficking is an industry that continues to extend boundaries.