By: Baylee Taylor and Allana Patterson
Causes Of Modern Day Slavery (Sex Trafficking)
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)
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.
www.timesherald.com. 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.