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It's Time To Put An End To Sex Trafficking

2051 words - 8 pages

Sex trafficking is the tragic and horrendous reality that is modern day slavery. It is forced prostitution and it is illegal, but the punishments are not properly enforced. It is a worldwide issue, existing virtually everywhere. Sex trafficking needs to be put to a halt! About 600,000 to 800,000 children, men, and women are trafficked across the world per year, of which 80 percent are female. This means that each year about 640,000 female children, teens, and adults are sex trafficked. Aside from this there are already about three million women and girls in the sex trafficking business worldwide. ( Kristof and WuDUNN, pg 10) This is only based upon trafficking across international borders. Sex trafficking within the same region holds about 2 million minors. (Half the Sky) And worst of all these amounts are probably below what they should be because these are based on what each country reports. What the government doesn’t find or chooses not to see remains hidden and unknown. Sex trafficking continues because of corruption, culturally engrained beliefs, indifference, greed, lack of proper punishment, and the weak and easily malleable girls that comprise the business.

Sex trafficking laws and punishments are not properly enforced due to corruption. Not so much on the national level, but locally many unfathomable horrors occur that should be stopped, but are not. The local police are often working with the local brothels, “the police seem unlikely saviors to the girls in the brothels because police officers regularly visited the brothels and were serviced free.” (Kristof and WuDUNN, pg7) Police officers also receive bribes to keep the locations hidden. Often the girls who escape and go to the police are returned to the brothel in which they came from.

On a regional level the citizens turn their heads away to the reality of sex slavery. In the border of Nepal an Indian officer was regulating the border for terrorists, bombs, and pirated goods. He was not closely monitoring anything though, and missing the most important thing to monitor for: sex trafficking, in which thousands of girls are taken from India into the Nepal border. In this example the national government is not even focusing on trying to stop sex trafficking. When asked about this issue of sex trafficking, and informed that there must be many girls that are being sex trafficked he responded, “Oh, a lot (of girls). But we don’t worry about them. There’s nothing you can do about them.’ Nicholas suggests‘Well you could arrest the traffickers…’ The Indian officer answers‘Prostitution is inevitable. There has always been prostitution in every country. And what’s a young man going to do from the time when he turns eighteen until he gets married at thirty?...These girls are sacrificed so that we can have harmony in society. So that good girls can be safe. …(when told that the girls that are being trafficked are good girls too he responds) those are peasant girls. They cant even read....

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