Slavery Is a 21st Century Problem

Education leads to Prevention

Present Day Slavery

Even today people are abducted and lured into slavery. Human trafficking happens so often in America and throughout the world and it is pushed "under the rug" many times. People are taken to be slaves in the home, at a work place, or for sexual roles. The most shocking of these types is child sex trafficking. Children are taken at as young as 4 years old to be used as sex slaves. They may work in brothels or even in cars to make money for the trafficker. The most vulnerable people are those that are not "destined" for a large future. Children may not report their abduction if they were going back to a home that would blame them for their rape or they would just have to go back to taking care of their younger siblings.

Stats

-1.2 Million children are trafficked each year

-75% of underage sex trafficking victims said they had been advertised or sold online.

-325,000 children are at risk for becoming victims of sexual exploitation in the United States.

-The average age of entry into the sex trade in America is 12 – 14 years old.

-A pimp can make $150,000-$200,000 per child each year and exploits an average of 4-6 girls.

-One in six endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2013 were likely sex trafficking victims.

-Of the DMST survivors that participated in Thorn’s 2013 national survey:


  • 63% were sold via the Internet at some point during their trafficking situation.

  • 62% had access to a cell phone while they were being trafficked.

  • 42% had access to the Internet while they were being trafficked.

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Not All Trafficked Victims Are Kidnapped

Kidnapping is a method that traffickers use frequently- whether it is drugging a girl or boy and taking them or simply taking them off the street. Many trafficked victims are manipulated into it by ideas of a "new life" or "new opportunity." For example; young girls who are not allowed to go to school are lured in by "promising" men because they do not like their domestic lives.

Bring Back Our Girls

In April of 2014, 276 girls aged between 16 and 18 were stolen by terrorist group Boko Haram. These students of The Government Girls Secondary School were taking a physics exam when they were abducted in trucks and driven into a forest. They have never been seen again. Most believe they were sold as slaves or wives on the black market.
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Works Cited

"Child Trafficking." Gale Student Resources in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2013. Student Resources in Context. Web. 12 Jan. 2016

"Child Trafficking by Region, 2000." International Adoptions. Ed. Margaret Haerens. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2011. Opposing Viewpoints. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 12 Jan. 2016.

Romo, Rafael. "Human Trafficking Survior: I Was Raped 43,200 times." CNN. N.p., 10 Nov. 2015. Web. 19 Jan. 2016.

Wearethorn.org. N.p., n.d. Web.

Zissou, Rebecca. "21st Century Slaves." Grolier. N.p., 30 Mar. 2015. Web. 19 Jan. 2016.