Products from all over the world are being distributed and sold from other countries to people in the United States. Imports and exports to and from the U.S include products as wide ranged as food, clothes, and even people. Human trafficking is a worldwide problem, including the United States. Currently, there are approximately 20.9 million people enslaved throughout the world with 2.5 million located in the United States. About 14,500 - 17,500 of foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States every year (Human trafficking statistics). These statistics show that slavery is still alive and flourishing throughout the entire world. When humans are exchanged, exploited, and forced into prostitution, and involuntary labor, it is called human trafficking. Human trafficking is a very serious problem which has been going on for centuries; I believe spreading awareness is imperative to solving this ongoing problem. There has been many government attempts to try to alleviate this problem in the past with the Emancipation Proclamation, the Thirteenth Amendment,
Out of the 20.9 million people that are enslaved in the world, more than 70 percent are female and half are children (Human trafficking statistics). Approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation and many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children (Human trafficking statistics). Although the government has tried numerous things to stop human trafficking, it is still happening. There are many different factors that fuel human trafficking such as poverty, cheap labor, and sex (What are the common causes of human trafficking?).
Poverty can definitely drive someone to want to escape to a new country with hopes of finding a job, better living conditions and opportunities. This leaves them vulnerable to be caught into human trafficking. Traffickers will lure these people in by promising them a better life than the one they left. Also, the want for cheap labor is also a cause because businesses want as many people to work for little or no pay. Human trafficking is a way for places like factories to be most profitable, for example, sweatshops. Lastly, the amount of people who are not bothered by sex exploitation is another cause of human trafficking. There are many people who continue to exploit other human being, which is allowing the “modern day slavery” to continue.
Human trafficking has obvious effects on a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being, as well as human health as a whole, and public safety. When a person is forced into prostitution or working and taken away from their families and held against their will, the emotional distress causes mental scarring. Many victims of trafficking suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and personality disorders. This problem doesn’t only affect the victim’s life, but also their friends and family. Human trafficking and sexual exploitation can also threaten the health of others...