10th grade, School of Information Technology at Eastside High School
[3rd Place, 9th and 10th Grade Contest]
Sex trafficking is an illegal procedure, in which people (especially women and children) are abducted and are exposed to sexual slavery. This sexual exploitation mostly happens in Thailand, China, Nigeria, Albania, Bulgaria, Belarus, Moldova, and Mexico. It is truly unjust that people should be treated as sexual slaves. Innocent people shouldn't be used for the sexual needs of others. I believe that this ominous event has to end as soon as possible. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) estimates that well over thousands of children and young women are sex trafficked every year. The worst part of all this is that people who are forced to prostitute themselves during this procedure are at big risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD), such as AIDS or any other sexually transmitted disease. If we compare sexual slavery and prostitution, we're going to realize that prostitution is a decision that people decide to make, but sexual slavery is not a choice; it is obligatory for these people, since they are forced to do this.
According to "Background on Human Trafficking." on Do Something.org, when it comes to abducting people and making them slaves, these merciless and unscrupulous criminals cajole women, children, and especially young girls by telling them lies and making promises which in the end turn out to be something that their victims didn't expect. According to estimates, approximately 80% of human trafficking involves sexual slavery and 19% involves labor exploitation. Globally, the average cost of a slave is $90. The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the United States is 12-14, and many of these girls were sexually abused when younger. This situation really breaks my heart since these young people are wasting their childhoods by being forced to become slaves and to prostitute themselves with people who are much older than they are.
In “Eleven Facts about Human Trafficking” Do Something.org reports that between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States each year, many of them being children. The national human trafficking hotlines receive more calls from Texas than any other state in the United States. Fifteen percent of these calls are from Dallas. Sex trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking).
Sex trafficking is a terrible crime. Ninety percent of people who are trafficked are women and girls. Every 30 seconds another person becomes a victim of the sex trafficking industry. Sex trafficking should be stopped, especially due to all the children’s lives that are lost every year. Children are a nation's future since they are young and they have the opportunity to become someone important in the future. This crime is really unfair and should be suppressed.
As reported by Fox News the largest human trafficking case in recent United States history occurred in Hawaii in 2010, in which a labor recruiting company brought 400 immigrants from Thailand to work on farms in Hawaii. They were lured with high-paying farm work, but instead they were abducted and were held captive. Fortunately they were also rescued in 2010.
We wonder why these things happen and what we can do to stop them. However, if we think deeply, we’re going to notice that what really makes these victims fall in these criminal traps is the fact that our world is economically unequal. People who are lured into these horrible situations are mostly deceived by the criminals who tell the unsuspecting victim how they are going to improve their economic status. Every step these criminals take is coldly calculated.
My solution for this problem is for the government to raise awareness and to educate people when it comes to this tragic state of affairs. I believe that the government plays a really important role on the nation's education and discipline. Most sex slaves are shipped to developed industrial nations, such as the United States, Canada, and Western Europe. The sex slaves are shipped there because that is where there is the money and the demand. However, the general public knows very little about the crime of human trafficking. If we can raise public awareness about this problem, perhaps we can help solve the problem. Most houses of prostitution are based in “normal” neighborhoods. If people knew what to look for, such as an unusual amount of traffic in and out of a house, they would be able to report this suspicious activity to the police. As more and more sex rings get disrupted and the leaders arrested the demand for new sex slaves will decrease. Western nations could also offer economic support to the countries that export sex slaves. If the economic conditions were better, less people would fall victim to the traffickers. The governments that are helped economically should be pressured correct social injustices by creating a system that applies drastic tactics on the aggressors. I believe that this is a constructive idea, since this is going to help nations to maintain social balance by applying more justice on the malefactors. In addition, participating nations will be motivated to put a stop to this illegal activity in which people are trafficked and traded as if they were items.
In conclusion, I believe this problem can be solved if all the governments involved discipline people and try to maintain peace. The governments can help people with this big and important issue, which needs fast action, before more lives are destroyed. In my opinion, treating humans like worthless tools is a really a wrong thing to do. The criminals who tend to do this should face the law and pay for their wrongdoing and for the actions that they CHOSE to commit.
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"Anti-human-trafficking Efforts Gain Momentum." USA Today. Gannett, n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2013.
"Background on Human Trafficking." Do Something. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2013.
"Largest US Human Trafficking Case in Question." Fox News. FOX News Network, 05 Aug. 2011. Web. 15 Apr. 2013.