Citizens of countries around the globe would like to believe that slavery has been banished from the modern world. This could not be farther from the truth. Governments refuse to acknowledge the fact that slavery exists within their borders. Slavery in its most heinous form lurks in the dark corners of every society. Human trafficking is without a doubt one of the most monstrous offenses against human rights that occurs today. It is imperative for a more substantial effort to be put forth in order to combat the growing number of human trafficking cases. This effort must not be merely centered on individual countries fighting local cases; to see true results, countries must work together globally to punish offenders from each nation. This issue should be of great concern to people worldwide and the initiative must be taken to raise global awareness on this topic. In order to create a more secure and free world, a global partnership must be created and harsher measures must be taken to put an end to human trafficking in all of its forms.
The United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines human trafficking as,
“The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation” (United Nations).
Human trafficking is an extremely broad topic consisting of a variety of forms which makes it difficult to define. However, the definition provided above manages to cover the qualifying conditions of transit, technique, and terms of exploitation (Quirk 226).
The majority of human trafficking that occurs in the world today is in the form of forced labor (Types of Human Trafficking). Men, women, and children alike are subject to this particular form of human trafficking. Depending on the situation, victims can be prone to different forms of forced labor ranging from bonded labor to domestic servitude. Men are generally affected by bonded labor on a greater scale; nevertheless, it is not exclusively restricted to males. Bonded labor most commonly occurs when a worker falls into debt and fails to repay it. It is not uncommon for the captive’s successors to enter bonded labor as well, being that the wages are often too low for them to make a quick assent from their debt. Involuntary servitude is yet another form of forced labor. It often times occurs when a person has entered into a position where they are an unpaid servant to another. Although there is usually no contract or official working agreement in place, the worker feels intimidated by their employer and therefore feels as if there is no option of escape. Domestic servitude is one of the most commonly seen forms of...