Human Trafficking is a term that fascinates many people and is an interesting enough topic to become educated in. The problem is, not enough people are acting on the matter.
Human Trafficking to many is known for its one sector that is sexual exploitation. According to oathcoalition.org, sex trafficking is specifically defined as, “The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act is under 18 years of age.”
Sexual exploitation usually targets women, more so young girls. Victims are typically younger between the ages of 13-17 years old. Think of it as the younger you are, the more vulnerable you are. It is much easier to sway a child into a trap of forced labor and sex versus an adult who knows right from wrong.
One may suggest that prostitution is more commonly known as a voluntary act of women who may be desperate for money. In most cases, nationally and internationally, this is incorrect. Although it may be true a victim to trafficking may have purposefully got involved in trafficking due to vulnerability because of financial problems, she is still a victim. In the U.S. in particular, it is under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act that women cannot be prosecuted for commercial stripping. HT is happening everywhere, including your own backyard. King of Prussia Mall, 5 miles from Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa., is home to the largest trafficking trading post on the east coast in the U.S. Scary, huh?
Although one may be thinking, we need to end HT here in the U.S., right here in our backyard for our own sake of safety, it is the root causes outside of our borders that need attention FIRST.
But why should we be mediating the international issue, you ask? If we want to keep trafficking out of our home, we must fix the problem that is in other areas of the world so they do not spread the crime to the U.S.
We really are not incapable of ending the largest slavery movement in the history of our world. Keep reading for you chance to take notice of a horrific epidemic of coercion and exploitation.