Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sex Trafficking: A Dangerous Crime

This is a paper I wrote for school this semester that I thought it appropriate to share. I'm participating with Dressember, a foundation that works to raise money and awareness for anti-human-trafficking efforts. I have committed to wear a dress every day this month to help raise awareness of the atrocity that is human trafficking. In this paper, I focused on the sex trade, which is part (a large part) of modern slavery. Please note that this paper should not be read by children without parental approval first. Use discretion about letting your child read this blog post. Thanks. Also note that this paper really only addresses sex trafficking in the United States. This is a worldwide problem, but for the assignment, I focused on the United States. 

Sex trafficking is a major crime today enslaving thousands of children. The term is really just a politically correct way of saying "modern slavery." Children and teens are trapped in sex trafficking, usually without any hope of getting out. Unfortunately, the United States, the "Land of the Free," is not immune to the problem. In fact, sex trafficking is very prevalent in the United States because many don't realize it is happening all around them. Sex trafficking is a deceptive, dangerous, and dehumanizing form of slavery that runs rampant today.

Sex trafficking is deceptive to both the trafficked children and to those around them. No one knows for sure how many American children are lured into sex trafficking each year, but authorities estimate at least 150,000. They are promised love, money, and pleasure, but instead they get abuse and sometimes murder. Pimps (the traffickers) run the sex trade in such a way that it often goes under the radar. Parents, friends, and teachers don't know what is going on until it is too late. Thousands of children are lured into this trap of slavery only to find out that they have been fooled and betrayed.

Sex trafficking is dangerous because of the way Pimps treat their slaves in secret. Of the thousands of children caught in this trap, many never find a way to escape. They are abused, raped, beaten, and sometimes murdered. Sex trafficking is truly "exploitation of vulnerability" (Belles 30). Children are weak and vulnerable, making them easy targets for traffickers. When Pimps find that a slave is no longer useful to them, they get rid of them by selling or killing them. In addition, sex trafficking is largely a hidden crime. Many Americans are unaware of the problem and this makes it easy for the atrocity to spread under the radar. Sex trafficking is a serious crime because of its hidden and abusive nature.

Children who have been trafficked never leave the shame of their experiences behind. They are treated without dignity or care for the entire time they are held in slavery. These children no longer feel like humans because they have been treated like an old T-shirt. They have suffered tremendous trauma and live in fear, pain, and emotional distress. Sex trafficking is a dehumanizing crime.

Sex trafficking is a gut-wrenching, deceptive, and horrific form of modern slavery. Even American children are not free from the threat. Sex trafficking is largely ignored because so many people don't know how widespread the problem is. Children's lives are ruined by this dangerous, deceptive, and dehumanizing crime.

All of my facts stated in the above paper came from select chapters in "In Our Backyard" by Nita Belles (Published 2015 by Baker Books). 

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