Running head: Human Trafficking; The United States Public’s Opinion
Human Trafficking; The United States Public’s Opinion
Barbara J. Schneider, MSCJ
July 31, 2014
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, human trafficking is defined as “the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them.” This includes, servitude, forced labor, sex, and forced organ donations. It is estimated that the disturbing activity brings in $32 Billion dollars a years. As of this writing it is not far behind drug trafficking as the largest criminal industry in the world. Each and every person on this planet should be concerned if not totally scared about this growing criminal activity, but for some reason, they are not (Archer, 2013). This essay examines the theories that are essential to answer the question “Why is there not more public attention to human trafficking in the United States?” Information has been gathered, explored and analyzed in order to better understand human trafficking through the eyes of the public. Recommendations based on research findings will be made in order to develop a plan to bring about public awareness and concern.
Background of the Problem
Human trafficking is “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion, and resulting in involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery; or commercial sex act, through the use of force, fraud or coercion; or if the person is under 18 years of age, any commercial sex act, whether or not force, fraud or coercion is involved” (Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000). It is one of the most relentless problems that the United States Department of Justice faces today. Other criminal activities such as money laundering, document fraud, prostitution and child abuse are fueled by trafficking. It is the third most profitable criminal activity right behind drug and arms trafficking (Simon, 2008). Trafficking of persons takes place on many different occasions and levels because victims are trying to escape poverty, social and/or political inequalities. Often times they believe that their traffickers will bestow a better life upon them, but instead are subjugated into a world of sexual exploitation and/or forced labor (Simon, 2008). What must come to the forefront is that not all cases of human trafficking and the vulnerable groups it affects are international. Persons or groups who are U.S. citizens are also targeted. For example it is a United States Department of Justice estimation that 200,000 American children are in danger to be trafficked in to the sex industry each year (Simon, 2008). In the United States most people view the issue of human trafficking as happening in other countries such as Russia, Asia, Singapore, China or Thailand not on American soil. In actuality it is not a third would only problem. It is taking place in the United States and it is the fastest growing illegal industry in the world. It affects everyone, not just “others” (Archer, 2013). Of the estimated 200,000 women forced into the U.S. sex trade annually, the majority are American, not women imported from other countries. The Super Bowl, which many believe to be “All American”, is the largest annual event for human trafficking in the United States. Most people think of tailgating and Super Bowl parties during this celebratory event not human trafficking. The huge party atmosphere of this event enables pimps and victims to hide in the shadows. During the 2012 Super Bowl, in New Orleans, with the help of Operation Innocence Lost, 80 individuals were arrested for prostitution and human trafficking by local, state and federal law enforcement....
General Purpose: To Inform
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about HumanTrafficking. What it is, where it is and who gets affected.
Central Idea/Thesis: Humantrafficking is overlooked but occurs on a more widespread basis then people believe.
A. Attention Getter: What if you were promised a better life with an advanced career, but instead were forced into prostitution? Many are unknowingly placed into this position by human traffickers.
B. Relation: Humantrafficking is simply a “modern day slave trade”. It transports and sells victims across borders, but also trafficking is the crime of carrying someone into slavery by force or fraud. “The victims of humantrafficking are young children, teenagers, men, and women; they are trafficked into the United States from Asia, Central and South America, and Eastern Europe” (Fact Sheet).
C. Central Idea: Humantrafficking is overlooked but occurs on a more widespread basis then people believe.
D. Credibility Statement:
1. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, “after drug dealing, humantrafficking is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today, and it...
Robert Gordon, Lanisha Griffin, Lucette Lemesh, Jessica Stewart, Tanya Castello
There are many negative effects on the mental health of victims of humantrafficking. Humantrafficking is one of the most demoralizing acts that are committed on a human being. Victims of this heinous crime are made to feel as though they are not worthy of decency, respect, or love. When a victim of humantrafficking is rescued and seeks out services, first responders usually note that the victims are found to be suffering from several types of mental health problems. “Victims of humantrafficking may suffer from anxiety, panic disorder, major depression, substance abuse, and eating disorders as well as a combination of these. For some victims, the trauma induced by someone they once trusted results in pervasive mistrust of others and their motives” (Clawson, Salomon, & Goldblatt Grace, 2008). Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, as it is called, is one of the most serious of the problems that arise in victims of humantrafficking. PTSD can have serious debilitating consequences in the victim making them unable to move forward with their lives. Victims also suffer from many physical ailments that were caused by abuse they received from...
...EFFECTS OF HUMANTRAFFICKING 1
Psychological Effects of HumanTrafficking
Seminole State College of Florida
PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF HUMANTRAFFICKING 2
This paper is on the Psychological effects that HumanTrafficking has on a society and the individual. It will describe stories of experiences and stories of hard ache. As this is not only a major factor here in the United States but is also a major factor and issue around the world. I will briefly describe the national and worldly effect that this may have on the way people are treated on an everyday occurrence and how sheltered people, mainly women have become.
PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF HUMANTRAFFICKING 3
Psychological Effects of HumanTrafficking
What are the Psychological effects of HumanTrafficking and what kind of effect does it have on an individual and the way that someone is treated and the way they may be treated in the future, will they even have a future to return to. First let me identify what HumanTrafficking really is. According to Wikipedia, Humantrafficking is the practice of people being tricked, lured, coerced or otherwise removed from their home or country, and then forced to...
...Running head: A GLOBAL MATTER: HUMANTRAFFICKING
A Global Matter: HumanTrafficking
Denisse Guerrero, Cami Venhaus, Kim Douglas, and Marissa Selaya
University of Phoenix
A Global Matter: HumanTraffickingHumantrafficking is the act of transporting, enlisting, or harboring an individual by use of force or intimidation for the sole purpose of exploitation. Exploitation can be caused by prostitution, domestic servitude, sweatshop work, and construction. This is considered a crime against humanity and effects thousands of men, women, and children in every country around the world. Humantrafficking has been in existence for many years; however, the intricacy of the topic has evolved due to social and economical conditions or globalization such as increase poverty. Also, advancements in technology have contributed to the increase of humantrafficking by allowing fast, easy availability, and unidentifiable information available to offenders (Salett, 2009). The purpose of this paper is to explore the history, social impact, major targets, demographics, current issues, and intervention strategies of humantrafficking.
History of HumanTraffickingHumantrafficking runs back in time in the United States...
...topic of humantrafficking I thought this simply cannot be happening, and if it did, how come no one including myself knew about it. It happened when my family and I were stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany back in 2010. as a parent of three boys and a girl I wanted to know more about it to educate my self, and become more aware of what humantrafficking was. I did not want to just look away as many of my friends did.Humantrafficking is not smuggling, or volunteer prostitution that only happens overseas as most Americans think. It is the recruitment, transportation, transfer and receipt of people by the use of force, threat and abuse of power. Humantrafficking is a form of modern slavery. Traffickers recruit minors into commercial sexual exploitation, an unknown number of U.S citizens and legal residents are trafficked within the country for sexual servitude and force labor. As parents we are the first teachers for our children. Education is the key, it is critical we know how these traffickers work and teach our young men and women how these evil traffickers work. Our kids are extremely vulnerable as the United States it is not exempt from humantrafficking. It is a must that this topic be addressed and thought at our children’s high schools and colleges nationwide. Teachers must immerse into what human...
Human trafficing plays a big role world wide. All around the world mostly third world countries, people, especially children, are kidnapped, drugged and sold on the street as sex slaves. Little children sold on the street for perverted sexual pleasures. Even in the United States, there is human trafficing in taking place. For example, if you drive down International Blvd. or E14 st. in Oakland CA. you will see prostitutes on every other street corner. Although human trafficing is present in the U.S. it is no where near as heinous as whats is going on in other countries. Humantrafficking can be described as modern slavery. Human trafficing is a filthy horrendous crime and the U.S. needs to do more to stop it.
Women and children have been the victims of sex trafficking for thousands of years. This practice, going on throughout the centuries, finally became a political issue in the early 1900s. In 1902, the International Agreement for the Suppression of the White Slave Traffic was drafted. Its purpose was to "prevent the procuration of women and girls for immoral purposes abroad". After a few years it was ratified by twelve countries around the world. This eventually led to the United States passing the Mann Act of 1910 which "forbids transporting a person across state or international lines for prostitution or other immoral purposes”. With the...
Current Events Project: Sex Trafficking in Los Angeles
According to her testimony on the Christian Broadcasting Network, Melissa Woodward was fourteen years old when she was sold into the humantrafficking industry by a member of her own family. Beaten and raped for the first twenty-four hours, those that were holding her captive wanted her to understand that she was no longer human, but property, merely a thing. The men came in night after night to buy an hour with this young girl. They lived out their fantasies with her, often beating her, leaving her bruised and broken. However, she was not allowed to show it, but was forced to have the bruises covered with makeup and made to press on. Melissa’s escape out of the industry came only with violent flames. A man came in one day wishing to see a young girl burned. Covering her in gasoline, he set fire to her and watched her burn, before leaving her for dead. People must be aware of the where, how, what, and why of the current sex trafficking reality in Los Angeles, along with the knowledge of various organizations that inspire application and change.
Unfortunately, Melissa’s story is not a rare one. She is one case in about 300,000 that happen annually in the United States. But as for specifics, where and how does sex trafficking occur? First off, the term sex trafficking needs to be...
FWA #2 First Draft
English 102 10:00
November 16, 2014
HumanTrafficking and its Dire Effects.
HumanTrafficking in the United States is something not a lot of people discuss. Most think it is only something that happens in third world countries, but in fact could be happening in their hometown. According to Protocol to Prevent, Subdue and Punish Trafficking in Persons,humantrafficking in the modern world entails transfer of persons by use of applied force. Other methods used to enforce the trafficking include use of deception, abduction, making payments to achieve harmony of a person having control over another and power abuse. The forms of exploitation executed on the victims include forced services of labor, practices of slavery, and instances of servitude and also forced sexual exploitation. It can result to loss of nationality to the victims of trafficking and it inflicts torture and pain on them. It is a breach of human privileges and basic human principles of living. It has three constituents; act, means and purpose. The three define the workability of the entire process of trafficking to its success. They outline the transportation plan, harboring of victims, the threat strategy to be applied, and the goal of trafficking being achieved....