Human Trafficking: Social Issues Essay

Length: 2 pages Sources: 1 Subject: Women's Issues - Sexuality Type: Essay Paper: #11087051 Related Topics: Human Sexuality, Social Issues, Human Body, Vulnerable Population
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Human trafficking is one of the wildest forms of slavery in modern-day society. Simply stated, it is a form of slavery where people make economic gain from exploiting and controlling others. In its worst manifestation, human trafficking occurs when unsuspecting victims pay to be illegally shipped into another country, which they perhaps perceive as having more opportunities, only to find themselves in the hands of unscrupulous traffickers, who force them into involuntary labor, prostitution, and other life-threatening forms of servitude. Regardless of what they are forced to do to repay their debt(s) to the traffickers, victims of human trafficking share one thing in common -- the loss of freedom.


According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), 20.9 million victims are trafficked annually across the globe, a majority of whom are women and young girls (Polaris, 2015). Almost a quarter of these victims (5.5 million) are children below the age of eighteen (Polaris, 2015). In the U.S. alone, approximately 100,000 children are believed to be victims of


Worryingly, internal trafficking (trafficking within the U.S.) is gaining prominence, and it is estimated that approximately 200,000 American children are at risk of being trafficked into sex trade within the U.S. (Chisolm-Straker, n.d.). Most trafficking victims come from vulnerable populations, including the poor, displaced persons, oppressed groups, and migrants (Chisolm-Straker, n.d.). Well, owing to the nature of the human trafficking business, we may not have an accurate estimate of the actual number of victims trafficked into the country each year, but one thing is certain -- the numbers are sufficiently high to qualify this as a national concern.

Types of Human Trafficking

There are different types of human trafficking, based on the specific reason for which the victim was imported. The main ones include:

Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation: women are more vulnerable to this form of trafficking than men (Interpol, 2015). Victims are coerced, using false promises of a better life, into leaving their homes, and are then enslaved for purposes of sex under inhumane living conditions, with the proceeds of their engagement in forced sexual activity going directly to their traffickers (Interpol, 2015).

Forced Labor Trafficking: in this form…

Sources Used in Documents:


Chisolm-Straker, M. (n.d.). Human Trafficking. Mount Sinai Emergency Medical Department. Retrieved 15 February 2015 from

Interpol. (2015). Types of Human Trafficking. Interpol. Retrieved 16 February 2015 from

Polaris. (2015). Human Trafficking. Polaris Project. Retrieved 16 February 2015 from

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