Concorde Career College
Ms. Lorenz- Vega
April 15, 2013
The illegal trade and exploitation of human beings for forced labor, prostitution and reproductive favors is termed human trafficking. Human trafficking is a transnational phenomenon, and is the fastest increasing criminal industry in todays world. This type of slavery has been traced back to the ancient Mesopotamian and Mediterranean civilizations and has continued to grow. Women and young children living in poverty are the ones who usually fall in the trap of the traffickers. Due to poverty many women are not educated and are not employed leaving them with no choice but to sell their bodies to provide for their families. An approximate of 17,500 foreigners are trafficked each year in the United States alone, the number of United States citizens trafficked within the United States are even higher. Human trafficking is a near-guaranteed death due to HIV and AIDS. Governments around the world are just beginning to address this problem and have realized just how strong this type of slavery has become. As a transnational crime, human trafficking requires intense international co-operation to be curbed and controlled, to localize the problem to one particular region or nation would be to undermine any efforts to control it.
Poverty is the leading cause in human trafficking. It has been documented that poverty leads to a lack of education leading to no employment and that leading to sex trafficking; By fighting poverty many believe that there will be an end to sex trafficking too. Women living in poor countries will not be looking into sex driven businesses for employment. "Trafficking is inextricably linked to poverty. Wherever privation and economic hardship prevail, there will be those destitute and desperate enough to enter into the fraudulent employment schemes that are the most common intake systems in the world of...