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October 2, 2012

Modern Day Slavery?

                       

In 2008, a movie was released by the title Taken. Starring Liam Neison, the plot of the movie was centered on a man who was trying to rescue his daughter who was kidnapped in a foreign country to be forced into prostitution. People left the theater thinking, “That never happens in real life.” Sadly, kidnapping and human trafficking are major issues that affect millions of people worldwide.

 

Here are some facts that you may not know about human trafficking according to dosomething.org.

  • The average cost of a slave around the world is $90.
  • Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including:
    • Forcing victims into prostitution
    • Subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude
    • Compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography
    • Misleading victims into debt bondage
  • According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation,      and 19% involves labor exploitation.
  • It is estimated that there are approximately 27 million slaves around the world.
  • 68% of female sex trafficking victims meet the clinical criteria for post-traumatic stress      disorder.
  • Around half of trafficking victims in the world are under the age of 18.
  • More than 2/3 of sex trafficked children suffer additional abuse at the hands of their      traffickers.
  • Trafficked children are significantly more likely to develop mental health problems, abuse      substances, engage in prostitution as adults, and either commit or be victimized by violent crimes later in life.
  • Women who have been trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation experience a significantly higher rate of HIV and other STDs, tuberculosis, and permanent damage to their reproductive systems.
  • There is only one shelter in the U.S. designed specifically to meet the needs of trafficking victims, and it currently only houses a total of seven to nine victims.
  • Trafficking victims normally don’t get help because they think that they or their families will be hurt by their traffickers, or that they will be deported.

 

 

It is easy to believe that this could never happen in the United States; that it only occurs in less developed regions of the globe like Africa and Asia. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The FBI estimates that over 100,000 children and young adult women are trafficked today in the United States. Sadly, the true number could be much higher because many of these crimes go unreported. “But that only happens to homeless kids or runaways,” some people may say. This is also not the case. One victim told ABC news that she was kidnapped right out of her driveway. She went outside to meet her friend who had two guys with her. After talking for a few minutes, she was suddenly forced into the car and a gun was put to her head. Another girl was offered a modeling contract by a man she met at the mall. After she had been lured away to a “photo shoot,” she finally saw the pictures that had been taken; they were not in a magazine, but instead on an escort website. She then realized the kind of situation she was in.

 

 

So even in the places where we feel the most safe; a public mall, an airport, or even your own back yard, are the hunting grounds of human traffickers. It is a worldwide issue that ruins the lives of millions of people and crushes the innocence of young children. If you know of somebody who may be a victim of trafficking or would like to help end this modern day slavery, go to http://www.humantrafficking.org/combat_trafficking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These sites provide further information on human trafficking.

 

“11 Facts about Human Trafficking.” Do Something. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Sept. 2012. <http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-human-trafficking&gt;.

 

“Teen Girls’ Stories of Sex Trafficking in U.S.” ABC News. ABC News Network, 09 Feb. 2006. Web. 22 Sept. 2012. <http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/story?id=1596778&gt;.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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