Human Trafficking around the world

By Mrugunk P, Rachel H, and Jacob C

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Human Trafficking

In the United States, sex trafficking commonly occurs in online escort services, residential brothels, brothels disguised as massage businesses or spas, and in street prostitution.

There are two primary factors driving the spread of human trafficking: high profits and low risk. Like drug and arms trafficking, human trafficking is a market-driven criminal industry that is based on the principles of supply and demand. Every year, traffickers generate billions of dollars in profits by victimizing millions of people around the world, including here in the United States. Also in Nigeria on April 14th, 2014, exactly 379 days ago, 270+ girls were kidnapped from the Government Girls Secondary School. As of February 8th of this year approximately 57 girls had escaped leaving 217 girls in the horrid trafficking system of Nigeria. These girls were taken by the group Boko Haram alongside their leader Abubakar Shekau because the men thought the girls were not of enough value to be receiving education. These men proceeded to sell the girls into forced marriage, prostitution, and forced conversion into the Islamic religion.

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About Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is the act of taking someone by force or threats and forcing them into a trade of people who are sold as slaves. Human Trafficking can be separated into three main points.
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The Act of Human Trafficking

The act is the recruitment, Transportation, Transfer, harboring, or the receiving of persons. This is when the people are abducted and taken away from their family and friends. Imagine one night being taken from everyone you love and known and sold into slavery. Think of how everyone at home is worrying for you and is scared for you. All the tears shed and how everyone's heads are low because you were taken in the night with no one around just like a ghost who disappears. You are now gone from everyone you love and know, just to please a selfish person who had no business to mess with you, but they did just because they want you.

The Means of Human Trafficking

The means of human trafficking is how it is done. This happens by threats or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability, or giving payments or benefits to a person in control of a person. This is when you have the kidnappings and the scary encounters that ruin your life. Think about the last time you heard an amber alert. Did it just bug you so you turned your phone off? Did you just go oh no that's terrible, then not pay it anymore attention? Is that fair? Think about the child or person who was taken. Think about how they are terrified out of their skin. Think about when they got abducted. Think about how scared they must have been. Think about what you would do if you were in their shoes. How would you react and would you hope for people to save you?

The Purpose of Human Trafficking

The purpose of human trafficking includes the exploitation of prostitution of others, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery, and the removal of organs. The purpose or excuse to take another's life is inconceivable. Just what is their thought process that gives them the right to cause so much suffering to other human beings. What is the thinking behind the taking and raping, killing, enslaving, or removing the organs of innocent people. How is this right and how are we able to let this slide?

Help stop human trafficking

Campaigns have been going around since this tragic event with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. Show your support and join the cause against human trafficking in hope to #BringBackOurGirls today. Please show your support and help those who are in need.

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