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One of the most widely spread businesses in today's society is Human trafficking. Although not widely talked about, human trafficking has flourished into many different areas of the world. Human trafficking covers a wide basis of social issues, mostly exploring societies right to help end such a horrific event. The symptoms and treatments of human trafficking are very complex, and only recently brought up for discussion around the world because it has been shielded from the public eye for so long. The manipulative nature of those who withhold the women who are traffic involves religious beliefs, increased debt, and psychological manipulation. Human trafficking in women is defined as "forced prostitution as any legal or illegal transporting of women and or trade in them, with or without their initial consent, for economic gain, with the purpose of subsequent forced prostitution, forced marriage or other forms of forced sexual exploitation." (Musacchio 3). These cases have been surfacing more and more recently, even in the United States. The business of human trafficking business in the United States has increased rapidly in the last decade. "The United States is principally a transit and destination country for trafficking in persons. It's estimated that in-between fourteen thousand to seventeen thousand people, primarily women and children are trafficked to the U.S annually." (US. Dep of State Trafficking Report 1). Human trafficking is noted at being an extreme form of exploitation and is a violation of human rights. Trafficking in women and children many times is overlooked due to gender inequalities between males and females. Regardless of gender inequalities, the results of human trafficking consists of various "human rights violations, in the sense that elementary rights as safeguarded by international conventions are violated or ignored. Exploitation is a limitation of the freedom of choice, movement, and independence of a person who find him or herself in a vulnerable position and violates ones personal, physical, or moral integrity." (Rijken 3). The main reason women fall into these traps are described as "poverty , discrimination against women, unemployment, lack of resources and political and economic instability"(Musacchio 1) , explained by Vincenzo Musacchio in his article. Migration of women is also a very important surrounding issue making women extremely vulnerable. Some women who want to leave their country in search of a job to help their family will migrate. These women are uneducated and poor are willing to do whatever it takes for their family even if it means knowing little about where they are going or what they are doing, such as those who flee to the United States. They are then lured into a situation that could lead them any kind of trafficking such as prostitution and or labor, and they are left helpless unable to get out of the potentially deadly situation The political and economical instability in impoverished countries forces these women to seek opportunities to leave their countries for "a better life". An example of a targeted woman is a girl named Siri, in an article by Alice Leuchtag. Siri was targeted by a woman offering her a job that would advance her parents economic status earning an entire years worth of pay. Siri, a vulnerable girl took the job without knowing she would be sold into a brothel. The mindset of those who traffic is over a higher intellectual, manipulative level than those who are trafficked. Leuchtag explained that "the pimp uses culture and religion to reinforce his control over Siri" (Leuchtage, 1). Because of this, Siri like most of the girl victims of trafficking, starts to see herself as the 'pimp' does, as a destroyed girl who cannot get out of the system. The religious aspect of human trafficking is completely manipulated by the slaveholder, as the 'pimp' explains to the girls that "she must accumulate a karmic debt to deserve the enslavement and abuse which she must reconcile herself." (Leuchtag 1). The 'pimps', or those who traffic then put financial burdens on the girls. They explain to them that in order to get out, they have to earn enough money to fulfill their debt that continuously increases. This manipulates the mind of the girls who are trafficked, and forces them to change their behavior and try to have a relationship with the 'pimp' just in order to survive. Children have recently become more popular to specifically target because they are extremely vulnerable and easy to lour away. Adults easily have much more power over children making them perfect targets. In Macdonell's article "Closing the Gaps: The Need to Improve Identification and Services to Child Victims of Trafficking" it is estimated that around fifteen thousand children are trafficked each year in the US. In the article Macdonell also reveals, "According to research, which is based on interviews with law enforcement, social service agencies, and some trafficking survivors, approximately seventy percent of foreign-born children trafficked to the United States for sexual exploitation entered the country on some type of visa. The remaining 30 percent of foreign-born children trafficked for sexual exploitation entered the country without inspection." (Macdonell 1). Macdonell explains the story of a young named Analis from Honduras who was trafficked across the border and into the United States to work and clean. No one question whether the young girl had been going to school, and the authorities did not take action while she was being trafficked across the border. Many of these cases are overlooked and go un-noticed for many reasons and need to be made more aware so that cases like Analis's can be brought out to the public and prevented. It's also important that awareness is spread to a younger population considering "over half of all victims of human trafficking are under eighteen" (Dearnley and Chalke 3). In the New York Times the article "The Crackdown On the Traffic in Humans" tells the story of a fourteen year old girl who was lured into being human trafficked. The young girl was promised a better life in Maryland along with an education. She fell into the false promises end ended up being sexually abused and was forced into human labor for three years. This is an example that is extremely common in the US, "at least fifty thousand victims in the US and possibly many more" (Marquis 1). We should increase awareness in the US because it doesn't happen in just third world countries. With the stories of victims of sex trafficking now being surfaced, it brings up questions of our duty to try to stop this and raise awareness. This brings up issues of societal responsibility, and government action that has been taken place and should continue to take place. Because the United States is "principally a transit and destination for trafficking persons" (US Department of State Trafficking Report 1) it is necessary to place laws and actions to try to prevent this. The United States government is now recognizing this, and putting in place reports on human trafficking that has happened in recent years. The US government is "strongly committed to combating trafficking" (US Department of State Trafficking Report 1). The US is recognizing their societal duty and moral responsibility as a country in power, leading the world in taking trafficking seriously, and recognizing the human rights violations by imputing laws and programs. These anti-trafficking programs that the US started have spread internationally, to raise awareness and encourage other countries to acknowledge and take action on such a serious issue. The US has assisted countries to enact legislation, and increase border patrol and create anti trafficking police staff to lower the numbers of those who are trafficked globally. One of the biggest reasons trafficking is still so prevelent in today's society is "a lack of understanding of the issue" (Dearnley and Chalke 1). Chalke and Dearnley explains that the empowerment of "young people to realize the importance of their potential to prevent this illicit trade" (Dearnley and Chalke 1). This and other forms of awareness have also been taken place. In an article by Ruth Dearnley and Steve Chalke, they raise individual advocacy. They explain that "we cannot allow ourselves to marginalize the issue of trafficking" (Dearnley and Chalke 3). Raising awareness to promote individual advocacy is a crucial role in fighting this institution, especially in younger generations. There are many campaigns and Acts that have been put in place to raise awareness and draw attention to human trafficking because it has been a disclosed issue for so long. The Active Communities against Trafficking act is a key project that Dearnley and Chalke describe in their article. The Active Communities against Trafficking target communities and raise awareness to community groups. They believe that it takes a community to come together in order to get something done and together would have more power preventing, prosecuting an protecting. They speak to the communities about human trafficking and the dangers it hold. This way the community has the knowledge and can recognize and prevent trafficking from happening. They also get into contact with the leaders of the community as well as the authorities to give them an extra connection. The Active Communities Act also is in charge of researching human trafficking and keeping communities up to date on the recent research trafficking. All of their contributions are important in order to take the proper steps to put an end to human trafficking. The United Nations has also taken a step towards preventing human trafficking. The Blue Heart Campaign against human trafficking was started. They have adopted the color blue to show trafficking awareness and their trademark symbol is the blue heart. They believe it's important to honor those who have suffered through being trafficked and prevent trafficking. These various groups and organizations that have been formed are extremely important to the prevention of human trafficking. One of the biggest problems we face is that there is a "lack of understanding of the issue." (Dearnley and Chalke 3). Before these organizations were started not much action was taking place to fight against trafficking due to the little knowledge people had about the issue. "One of the biggest impediments to anti-trafficking is a lack of understand of the issue. Trafficking is often entangled with people smuggling, immigration and asylum, prostitution and organized crime." (Dearnley and Chalke 3). Due to the creation of these new groups community support has increased greatly and the spread of awareness human trafficking will be better understood by society. Greater actions to prevent the issue can now be taken.
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              One of the most widely spread businesses in today's society is Human trafficking. Although not widely talked about, human trafficking has flourished into many different areas of the world. Human trafficking covers a wide basis of social issues, mostly exploring societies right to help end such a horrific event. The symptoms and treatments of human trafficking are very complex, and only recently brought up for discussion around the world because it has been shielded from the public eye for so long. The manipulative nature of those who withhold the women who are traffic involves religious beliefs, increased debt, and psychological manipulation.
             
             
              Human trafficking in women is defined as "forced prostitution as any legal or illegal transporting of women and or trade in them, with or without their initial consent, for economic gain, with the purpose of subsequent forced prostitution, forced marriage or other forms of forced sexual exploitation. " (Musacchio 3). These cases have been surfacing more and more recently, even in the United States. The business of human trafficking business in the United States has increased rapidly in the last decade. "The United States is principally a transit and destination country for trafficking in persons. It's estimated that in-between fourteen thousand to seventeen thousand people, primarily women and children are trafficked to the U. S annually. " (US. Dep of State Trafficking Report 1). Human trafficking is noted at being an extreme form of exploitation and is a violation of human rights. Trafficking in women and children many times is overlooked due to gender inequalities between males and females. Regardless of gender inequalities, the results of human trafficking consists of various "human rights violations, in the sense that elementary rights as safeguarded by international conventions are violated or ignored. Exploitation is a limitation of the freedom of choice, movement, and independence of a person who find him or herself in a vulnerable position and violates ones personal, physical, or moral integrity. " (Rijken 3).
             
              The main reason women fall into these traps are described as "poverty , discrimination against women, unemployment, lack of resources and political and economic instability"(Musacchio 1) , explained by Vincenzo Musacchio in his article. Migration of women is also a very important surrounding issue making women extremely vulnerable. Some women who want to leave their country in search of a job to help their family will migrate. These women are uneducated and poor are willing to do whatever it takes for their family even if it means knowing little about where they are going or what they are doing, such as those who flee to the United States. They are then lured into a situation that could lead them any kind of trafficking such as prostitution and or labor, and they are left helpless unable to get out of the potentially deadly situation
             
              The political and economical instability in impoverished countries forces these women to seek opportunities to leave their countries for "a better life". An example of a targeted woman is a girl named Siri, in an article by Alice Leuchtag. Siri was targeted by a woman offering her a job that would advance her parents economic status earning an entire years worth of pay. Siri, a vulnerable girl took the job without knowing she would be sold into a brothel. The mindset of those who traffic is over a higher intellectual, manipulative level than those who are trafficked. Leuchtag explained that "the pimp uses culture and religion to reinforce his control over Siri" (Leuchtage, 1). Because of this, Siri like most of the girl victims of trafficking, starts to see herself as the 'pimp' does, as a destroyed girl who cannot get out of the system. The religious aspect of human trafficking is completely manipulated by the slaveholder, as the 'pimp' explains to the girls that "she must accumulate a karmic debt to deserve the enslavement and abuse which she must reconcile herself. " (Leuchtag 1). The 'pimps', or those who traffic then put financial burdens on the girls. They explain to them that in order to get out, they have to earn enough money to fulfill their debt that continuously increases. This manipulates the mind of the girls who are trafficked, and forces them to change their behavior and try to have a relationship with the 'pimp' just in order to survive.
             
              Children have recently become more popular to specifically target because they are extremely vulnerable and easy to lour away. Adults easily have much more power over children making them perfect targets. In Macdonell's article "Closing the Gaps: The Need to Improve Identification and Services to Child Victims of Trafficking" it is estimated that around fifteen thousand children are trafficked each year in the US. In the article Macdonell also reveals, "According to research, which is based on interviews with law enforcement, social service agencies, and some trafficking survivors, approximately seventy percent of foreign-born children trafficked to the United States for sexual exploitation entered the country on some type of visa. The remaining 30 percent of foreign-born children trafficked for sexual exploitation entered the country without inspection. " (Macdonell 1). Macdonell explains the story of a young named Analis from Honduras who was trafficked across the border and into the United States to work and clean. No one question whether the young girl had been going to school, and the authorities did not take action while she was being trafficked across the border. Many of these cases are overlooked and go un-noticed for many reasons and need to be made more aware so that cases like Analis's can be brought out to the public and prevented. It's also important that awareness is spread to a younger population considering "over half of all victims of human trafficking are under eighteen" (Dearnley and Chalke 3).
             
              In the New York Times the article "The Crackdown On the Traffic in Humans" tells the story of a fourteen year old girl who was lured into being human trafficked. The young girl was promised a better life in Maryland along with an education. She fell into the false promises end ended up being sexually abused and was forced into human labor for three years. This is an example that is extremely common in the US, "at least fifty thousand victims in the US and possibly many more" (Marquis 1). We should increase awareness in the US because it doesn't happen in just third world countries.
             
              With the stories of victims of sex trafficking now being surfaced, it brings up questions of our duty to try to stop this and raise awareness. This brings up issues of societal responsibility, and government action that has been taken place and should continue to take place. Because the United States is "principally a transit and destination for trafficking persons" (US Department of State Trafficking Report 1) it is necessary to place laws and actions to try to prevent this. The United States government is now recognizing this, and putting in place reports on human trafficking that has happened in recent years. The US government is "strongly committed to combating trafficking" (US Department of State Trafficking Report 1).
             
              The US is recognizing their societal duty and moral responsibility as a country in power, leading the world in taking trafficking seriously, and recognizing the human rights violations by imputing laws and programs. These anti-trafficking programs that the US started have spread internationally, to raise awareness and encourage other countries to acknowledge and take action on such a serious issue. The US has assisted countries to enact legislation, and increase border patrol and create anti trafficking police staff to lower the numbers of those who are trafficked globally.
             
              One of the biggest reasons trafficking is still so prevelent in today's society is "a lack of understanding of the issue" (Dearnley and Chalke 1). Chalke and Dearnley explains that the empowerment of "young people to realize the importance of their potential to prevent this illicit trade" (Dearnley and Chalke 1). This and other forms of awareness have also been taken place. In an article by Ruth Dearnley and Steve Chalke, they raise individual advocacy. They explain that "we cannot allow ourselves to marginalize the issue of trafficking" (Dearnley and Chalke 3). Raising awareness to promote individual advocacy is a crucial role in fighting this institution, especially in younger generations.
             
              There are many campaigns and Acts that have been put in place to raise awareness and draw attention to human trafficking because it has been a disclosed issue for so long. The Active Communities against Trafficking act is a key project that Dearnley and Chalke describe in their article. The Active Communities against Trafficking target communities and raise awareness to community groups. They believe that it takes a community to come together in order to get something done and together would have more power preventing, prosecuting an protecting. They speak to the communities about human trafficking and the dangers it hold. This way the community has the knowledge and can recognize and prevent trafficking from happening. They also get into contact with the leaders of the community as well as the authorities to give them an extra connection. The Active Communities Act also is in charge of researching human trafficking and keeping communities up to date on the recent research trafficking. All of their contributions are important in order to take the proper steps to put an end to human trafficking.
             
              The United Nations has also taken a step towards preventing human trafficking. The Blue Heart Campaign against human trafficking was started. They have adopted the color blue to show trafficking awareness and their trademark symbol is the blue heart. They believe it's important to honor those who have suffered through being trafficked and prevent trafficking.
             
              These various groups and organizations that have been formed are extremely important to the prevention of human trafficking. One of the biggest problems we face is that there is a "lack of understanding of the issue. " (Dearnley and Chalke 3). Before these organizations were started not much action was taking place to fight against trafficking due to the little knowledge people had about the issue. "One of the biggest impediments to anti-trafficking is a lack of understand of the issue. Trafficking is often entangled with people smuggling, immigration and asylum, prostitution and organized crime. " (Dearnley and Chalke 3). Due to the creation of these new groups community support has increased greatly and the spread of awareness human trafficking will be better understood by society. Greater actions to prevent the issue can now be taken.
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