Sex Trafficking

By: Baylee Taylor and Allana Patterson

Background Information

In our research we discovered that slavery probably began when the agricultural practices started which was about 12 thousand years ago. (Bickerstaff, Linda) In ancient cultures, slavery was prevalent. (Bickerstaff, Linda) Slaves were in fact critical to economic well-being of ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. (Bickerstaff, Linda) Slavery had been abundant, especially in Africa, and was present even before the Atlantic Slave Trade began in 1510. (Bickerstaff, Linda) As the Atlantic Slave Trade continued for four centuries, 11 million slaves were brought to North America in that time. (Bickerstaff, Linda)

Causes Of Modern Day Slavery (Sex Trafficking)

So you're probably thinking, "why does modern day slavery still exist?"

According to Linda Bickerstaff, slavery exists in our society for three prominent reasons. "The first factor is the worldwide population explosion. Since the end of World War II, the worlds population has increased from 2 billion to 5.7 billion people. Rapid social and economic change is the second factor contributing to the development of modern day slavery. As developing countries modernized, many people lost the small farms and businesses that sustained them. They became desperately poor while the elite became richer. Corrupt governments, organized crime, and dishonest individuals combine to form the third factor leading to the new slavery. These groups and individuals prey upon poor and vulnerable people and enslave them." (Bickerstaff, Linda)


Sex Trafficking has long lasting effects on the victim, but what many people don't realize is that it effects not only the victim but, all communities. Trafficking mainly occurs in big cities and suburbs, especially because Sex Trafficking is such a huge financial operation. (The Times Herald) Weaver said that $32 billion is spent annually on Trafficking. (The Times Herald) "Financially speaking, human trafficking is a burden on the economy. Because it is a problem that operates so effectively under the radar, it is difficult to pinpoint how much trafficking costs America." (The Times Herald) University of Minnesota's Urban Research and Outreach- Engagement Center discovered that it costs their government more to do nothing than to create prevention programs. (The Times Herald)


What can we do about Modern Day Trafficking/Slavery?

The first and most important step to prevention of Trafficking would be to raise awareness. Raising awareness could potentionally begin the end of Human Trafficking. "The misconception that trafficking is not a problem in America contribbutes to prolonging and alloweing the expansion of sex trafficking. The presence of the problem impacts society at large, harming even those who are unfamiliar with trafficking its social ramifications." (The Times Herald) "This is modern day atrocityl it's modern slavery. It undermines our values and beliefs as the land of opportunity and the land of freedom. There isnt freedom if there is a population enslaved." (The Times Herald) We believe the next solution would be to have stronger laws and punishments against the offenders of Trafficking. If there are no strong punishments for their actions and they know they can get away with it, Trafficking will remain expanding.


Did you know that there are an estimated number of 20-30 million slaves today? (CNN) I can bet you didn't know that, because many of us are under the impression that slavery is over. We chose this topic because it is a social topic that is very prevalent in todays society, yet many people don't know that slavery still exists today. Not only does it hurt the people who are victims of trafficking, but its hurt us! It cost us tons of money, we claim to be a free country yet we have modern day slavery. This is something that needs to be known about and we need to do something about it!

Works Cited Human Trafficking has Wide reaching social impact. The Times Herald. 6, January, 2014. 6, January, 2014.

Modern Day Slavery. Bickerstaff, Linda. Modern Day Slavery. New York, NY. The Rose Publishing Group Inc. 2010.