Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said “The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.” If the morality of our society were to be determined based on the risk and danger faced by children around the world today, we would not be praised to be a moral society at all. The lives of children and their innocence have always been of high importance to members of the society. With increasing importance placed on material gains, the priorities of people have shifted. As such, the exploitation of children for material gains is prevalent in various avenues in the world. Innovations in science and advancements in technology are aimed to better the lives of all human beings. They are aimed to be beneficial to all and to
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They are also less likely to fight back ensuring that the traffickers have minimum risk in transporting and harboring them. Traffickers deploy psychological maniplation and threat of harm to the victims to achieve their compliance which is typically more effective when the victims are young and impressionable. Sources of victims are often developing nations where there is little security for children and in many cases they are sold by their own familes to traffickers. Approximately 600,000 to 800,000 victims are trafficked across international borders annually and more than half of them are children.
This brings us to the evolution of child sex trafficking from a domestic threat to an imposing global phenomenon. Child sex trafficking started off as smaller threats in separate countries around the world but with increasing mobility of labour and resources across international borders and a growing global sex industry, it has blown up into a massive global issue today. 2 million children are subjected to prostitution in the global commercial sex trade (UNICEF) and the average victim’s age is 11 to 14. Victims have to live in deplorable conditions; often starved and malnourished. Furthermore, they are often physically and sexually abused. The average life span of a victim is 3 to 7 years. The victims are often also subjected to torture and slavery and paid minimum wages for their services. Even if the victims were to survive and