A Crime Against Humanity
Human Trafficking is a crime that is constantly being committed against humanity. It’s been around for centuries, dating back to the early nineteen hundreds. Even after the abolition of slavery one hundred and fifty years ago, trafficking has continued to happen all around us. Men, women and children continue to be bought and sold as property all over the world. Whether labor trafficking or sex trafficking, it is important to be aware of what each of these terms mean, who is affected by human trafficking and ways of preventing the crime.
To fully understand the severity of this crime, one must be aware of what human trafficking is really all about. The definition, according to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crimes is: “a crime against humanity. It involves an act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them.” The terms “trafficking” and “smuggling” have been used synonymously for years, but let’s take a look at what each individual word means. Trafficking is a word used to refer to people who have suffered from mistreatment and slavery. Smuggling, however, refers to those who voluntarily engage illegal immigration. As of the early 1900’s, the distinction between these two terms has become very apparent.
There is more than one type of human trafficking, but the one in focus here is the act of sex trafficking. Sex trafficking, as was mentioned earlier, has been a popular crime for many years. Most people think that sex trafficking affects only adult men and women, but what they don’t know is that children are the main target of modern day traffickers. Every year, thousands of children fall into the hands of traffickers. Sometimes children living in impoverished societies are sold to sex traffickers by their families and in other cases, children are kidnapped both in their own countries and abroad, and are...