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The Sex Trade: Slavery And Prostitution

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Individuals around the world are faced with inhumane treatments and conditions daily. “Traffickers use force, fraud or coercion, including techniques such as containment, beatings, rape, confiscation of documents, debt bondage, false owners of employment, and threats of harm” in order to maintain control over their slaves (Potocky, 2010). Sex trade is a global problem presently and will increase throughout the world if nothing is done to prevent and eliminate it. Sex slavery is a type of prostitution in which the trafficker’s make an increased profit through the solicitation of slaves. Sex trade will continue if nothing is done to prevent it globally. Lastly, in order for sex slavery to be abolished, international governments will have to take action and support anti-sex trade. A future epidemic of women and children affected by sex trade will occur if nothing is done to prevent it.
Sex slavery is the new profitable version of prostitution worldwide, with failed prevention acts. Slavery continues to exist since it is a profitable market, it continues to exist and grow, but in new forms involving prostitution and sex. It is a growing epidemic, “globally, human trafficking is considered the 3rd largest source of profits for organised crime” (Wynn, 2012). In the US, the government and court systems lack the motivation to end such problems. Currently, the “US attorneys decline to prosecute approximately 60% of trafficking cases” (Potocky, 2010). This is not helping to prevent sex trafficking or trade. Sex slavery will continue to exist because of the lack of consequences regarding punishments for traffickers. Governments need to help make the consequences more severe. It may be thought that individuals enslaved within other countries may not be a problem for each country, but in reality the whole world must work together in order to terminate slavery. Sex slavery is found all over the world and is in high demand due to availability and low costs. One common sex trade area is “Southeast Asia, [it] is one of the world’s largest exporters of sex slavery and a sex hot spot” (Aguilar-Millan, S., Foltz, J., Jackson, J., Oberg, A., 2008). Activists have tried to end sex slavery but lack support and funding. Once slaves are no longer in use/useful to the traffickers they are freed. Upon being freed majority of individuals are emotionally and physically damaged. The large spread of sex trade is causing an increased amount of victims and sexually transmitted diseases within both developed and developing countries. Sex slavery continues to exist in both developed and developing countries. In developed countries the victims were “vulnerable women from Thailand or the Ukraine promised jobs as nannies or models in Western cities, only to find themselves pressed into service as prostitutes to pay off travel debts and line the pockets of their traffickers”(Platt, 2001). While in developing countries individuals may work in sex slavery as a prostitute, in...

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