How is it possible that slavery still exists in 2015?
Human Trafficking is...
Some people feel that going into this business is the only way out of their problems. They may not know this, but it actually creates more.
Recent studies have shown that one of the main causes of human trafficking is poverty. Poverty has increased over the past years. Poverty is frequently caused by the lack of education. In many cases, the average age of victims are 14 years old or older. This means that people are enslaved before they graduate from high school.
Another cause of human trafficking is that the victims are usually threatened by the attackers. Their families may receive death threats, or the victims will be beaten. The victims are often mentally and physically abused.
U.S. child poverty rate (2001-2010)
The big effect is that the victims life is always at risk. They have to be careful about their actions. One wrong move could cost them their life. This prevents them from seeking help. They feel like there isn't a way out. Unfortunately, only 32% of the victims escape from their attackers and make it back home safely.
How are people getting away with this?
Human Trafficking pie chart
There are many programs that help prevent human trafficking. Some of the program include The Atlanta Human Trafficking Project, ATP (anti-trafficking program), etc.
There are many NGO (non-government organizations) helping victims start over. They provide homes, food, jobs, and so much more.
There are also protests to give more attention to human trafficking and human rights.
Child Poverty Rate. Digital image. Reuters. N.p., 2010. Web. 17 Dec. 2015.
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