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In 1865 the United States passed the thirteenth amendment of the constitution which formally abolished the practice of slavery in the United States. Over a century has went by since this day, and yet somewhere behind the mask of freedom that our country holds with such pride lingers a hidden trade. This is the trade of modern day slavery that remains prevalent in our country. Despite the freedoms we are granted as a citizen of the United States,- human trafficking is an enormous issue that is often overlooked. In fact very little light is shown on this topic, but the awful reality is there. Every day women, children, and even men are kidnapped, taken from their families, and forced into free labor and sexual exploitation. According to a new report from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center as many as 9,298 cases of human trafficking have been reported in the past five years, but these are only the instances in which it has been reported. Furthermore the report also shows that from December 7th, 2007 to December 31st, 2012, cases of human trafficking were reported in all 50 states. Just how many more stay under the radar? One of the definitions given for slavery is the state or condition of being a slave; a civil relationship whereby one person has absolute power over another and controls his life, liberty, and fortune. Life and liberty, these are paired along with the pursuit of happiness in the preamble to the constitution. Slavery emphasizes the idea of complete ownership and control by a master. This is exactly what these slave owners do. They take away an individual's alleged God-given rights as a human being. The legal definition of trafficking does not require elements of physical restraint, bodily harm, or physical force. Psychological aspects generally play a huge role in these cases, and victims are often verbally and emotionally abused. These threats leave them in psychological shackles and too scared to do anything about their current situation, and in many cases victims feel as if there is nothing they could do anyways. They are trapped in lives of misery-often beaten, starved, and forced to work as prostitutes or to take grueling jobs as migrant, domestic, restaurant, or factory workers with little or no pay. This trade takes a personal and psychological toll on society, but it also facilitates the illegal movement of immigrants across borders and provides a ready source of income for organized crime groups and even terrorists. Whether it be coercion or force by any means a person uses to enslave another is wrong. When most people think of human trafficking they think of third world countries where little girls are sold for next to nothing, and when people think about trafficking in America they usually think of Asian and Eastern European women being brought into the states. The truth is that it is actually 10 times more likely for an American girl to be trafficked inside the U.S., and according to The U.S. Department of State statistics almost 300,000 American children are and risk for trafficking into the sex industry. It's scary to think that your child could be kidnapped or coerced, and ultimately pulled into this trade so close to home. We as American take pride in our country and like to believe we are safe, but these dangers lurk so close to home. It is also easy to assume that human trafficking is tied with sex trade, but this is not always the case. Human trafficking victims do more than just sex work. In fact, the majority work as forced laborers in all kinds of industries, from construction to agriculture or housekeeping. (npr.org) In this instance a woman was given a seemingly promising offer as a suburban families nanny and housekeeper. In the meanwhile her daughters would be placed in boarding school. She took care of a 2-year-old and a baby and all of the family's meals - cooking, cleaning, gardening and more. "I was responsible for everything, except only their body they washed by themselves. But I was responsible for everything," she says. She worked almost 100 hours a week. The couple paid her $70 a month and insisted that she talk to no one. (npr.org) This woman, whose name was not mentioned due to fear, was lured. We think of trafficking as this huge network of organized crime, which it can be, but it can also just be a couple that wanted a nanny, but didn't want to pay for it. Most know how girls are paraded on the streets by pimps, controlled by violent gangs and organized crime, and marketed through residential brothels and business-like strip clubs, escort services, and massage parlors, etc. However the greatest and most recent proliferation has been through the internet. (World Net Daily) It has been shown that the internet is used both for finding victims as well and buyers. Some trafficking cases start with the offender contacting the potential victims on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. The offenders use varying techniques such as expressing their love and admiration, or even by offering them a good job. In addition to social networking sites online classified also play a role in this market. Websites like craigslist are good for anonymous contact. Slavery is wrapped up in almost every industry's supply chain including commercial sex exploitation and forced labor. This expands from tainting the food we eat, the clothes we buy and the electronics we love. (nj.com) . This quote from Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery by Siddharth Kara best explains the industry. "Slave represents the supply side of the sex trafficking industry. Slavery represents the demand side" (Kara, Siddharth). Despite the fact that slavery was officially abolished years ago we have yet to be able to ride our country of this stain on humanity. It hides behind the guise of a new name in a country that is oblivious to it, but any way you look at it this is modern day slavery, and it needs to be put to an end. Victims of sex trafficking can be girls or boys, women or men. These innocent people are deceived and bought and sold like property. There are so many American based organizations with the fight against modern day slavery in third world countries, but yet the issue seems overlooked in the U.S. Whether it be a matter of turning a blind eye or simply not knowing human trafficking takes place every day, in every state in the United States of America, home of the free. These issues must be brought to light so that more efforts can be made to put an end to this terrible trade.
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              In 1865 the United States passed the thirteenth amendment of the constitution which formally abolished the practice of slavery in the United States. Over a century has went by since this day, and yet somewhere behind the mask of freedom that our country holds with such pride lingers a hidden trade. This is the trade of modern day slavery that remains prevalent in our country. Despite the freedoms we are granted as a citizen of the United States,- human trafficking is an enormous issue that is often overlooked. In fact very little light is shown on this topic, but the awful reality is there. Every day women, children, and even men are kidnapped, taken from their families, and forced into free labor and sexual exploitation.
             
              According to a new report from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center as many as 9,298 cases of human trafficking have been reported in the past five years, but these are only the instances in which it has been reported. Furthermore the report also shows that from December 7th, 2007 to December 31st, 2012, cases of human trafficking were reported in all 50 states. Just how many more stay under the radar? One of the definitions given for slavery is the state or condition of being a slave; a civil relationship whereby one person has absolute power over another and controls his life, liberty, and fortune. Life and liberty, these are paired along with the pursuit of happiness in the preamble to the constitution. Slavery emphasizes the idea of complete ownership and control by a master. This is exactly what these slave owners do. They take away an individual's alleged God-given rights as a human being.
             
              The legal definition of trafficking does not require elements of physical restraint, bodily harm, or physical force. Psychological aspects generally play a huge role in these cases, and victims are often verbally and emotionally abused. These threats leave them in psychological shackles and too scared to do anything about their current situation, and in many cases victims feel as if there is nothing they could do anyways. They are trapped in lives of misery-often beaten, starved, and forced to work as prostitutes or to take grueling jobs as migrant, domestic, restaurant, or factory workers with little or no pay. This trade takes a personal and psychological toll on society, but it also facilitates the illegal movement of immigrants across borders and provides a ready source of income for organized crime groups and even terrorists. Whether it be coercion or force by any means a person uses to enslave another is wrong.
             
              When most people think of human trafficking they think of third world countries where little girls are sold for next to nothing, and when people think about trafficking in America they usually think of Asian and Eastern European women being brought into the states. The truth is that it is actually 10 times more likely for an American girl to be trafficked inside the U. S. , and according to The U. S. Department of State statistics almost 300,000 American children are and risk for trafficking into the sex industry. It's scary to think that your child could be kidnapped or coerced, and ultimately pulled into this trade so close to home. We as American take pride in our country and like to believe we are safe, but these dangers lurk so close to home.
             
              It is also easy to assume that human trafficking is tied with sex trade, but this is not always the case. Human trafficking victims do more than just sex work. In fact, the majority work as forced laborers in all kinds of industries, from construction to agriculture or housekeeping. (npr. org) In this instance a woman was given a seemingly promising offer as a suburban families nanny and housekeeper. In the meanwhile her daughters would be placed in boarding school. She took care of a 2-year-old and a baby and all of the family's meals - cooking, cleaning, gardening and more. "I was responsible for everything, except only their body they washed by themselves. But I was responsible for everything," she says. She worked almost 100 hours a week. The couple paid her $70 a month and insisted that she talk to no one. (npr. org) This woman, whose name was not mentioned due to fear, was lured.
             
              We think of trafficking as this huge network of organized crime, which it can be, but it can also just be a couple that wanted a nanny, but didn't want to pay for it. Most know how girls are paraded on the streets by pimps, controlled by violent gangs and organized crime, and marketed through residential brothels and business-like strip clubs, escort services, and massage parlors, etc. However the greatest and most recent proliferation has been through the internet. (World Net Daily) It has been shown that the internet is used both for finding victims as well and buyers. Some trafficking cases start with the offender contacting the potential victims on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. The offenders use varying techniques such as expressing their love and admiration, or even by offering them a good job. In addition to social networking sites online classified also play a role in this market. Websites like craigslist are good for anonymous contact.
             
              Slavery is wrapped up in almost every industry's supply chain including commercial sex exploitation and forced labor. This expands from tainting the food we eat, the clothes we buy and the electronics we love. (nj. com) . This quote from Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery by Siddharth Kara best explains the industry. "Slave represents the supply side of the sex trafficking industry. Slavery represents the demand side" (Kara, Siddharth). Despite the fact that slavery was officially abolished years ago we have yet to be able to ride our country of this stain on humanity. It hides behind the guise of a new name in a country that is oblivious to it, but any way you look at it this is modern day slavery, and it needs to be put to an end. Victims of sex trafficking can be girls or boys, women or men. These innocent people are deceived and bought and sold like property.
             
              There are so many American based organizations with the fight against modern day slavery in third world countries, but yet the issue seems overlooked in the U. S. Whether it be a matter of turning a blind eye or simply not knowing human trafficking takes place every day, in every state in the United States of America, home of the free. These issues must be brought to light so that more efforts can be made to put an end to this terrible trade.
Human Trafficking Essay 
Kara, Siddharth. Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery. New York: Columbia UP, 2009. 5. Print.
Lerner, Sara. "Human Trafficking In The U.S.: One Woman's Story." NPR. NPR, 31 July 2010. Web. 21 Nov. 2013.
Unknown. "Human Sex Trafficking of U.S. Minors." WND. N.p., 20 Oct. 2013. Web. 21 Nov. 2013.
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