HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN MODERN DAY SLAVERY

BY

OGBONNA OKWUCHI E.

Human trafficking exists in every country of the world. Most human trafficking victims come from the financing and money supporting thus horrible industry comes from developed countries. But every country is affected in one way or the other. Human trafficking is the act of recruiting, harboring, trafficking, providing, or obtaining a person for commercial sex acts or compelled labor through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. It is estimated that there are 21 million people trafficking in the world today. Some do human trafficking to earn profits of roughly 150 billion a year about 2/3 of profits of 100 billion comes from commercial sexual exploitation while the remaining 1/3 comes through forced labor. Around 80% of trafficked people are women and children. Children alone make up 30% of the totaled trafficked. There are more human salves commercial sex and forced labor today than major categories of trafficked persons; forced prostitution, forced labor involuntary servitude, and forced sex acts for the purpose of pornography. The average age of a girl forced into prostitution in the USA is 12 to 14 years old and the likely come from an abuse background. As sad as these numbers are it gets sadder. However, we believe there is hope for a future for the victims of human trafficking, by informing ourselves about the issue of human trafficking, we can help put a stop to this terrible industry. Trafficking in human for labor and sexual exploitation, affects all members of a society, from the trafficked person to their families and from the traffickers and buyers to the public at large. Any person buying a product that includes, forced labor exploitation within its supply chain is contributing to human trafficking, as is any person who engages in commercial sex with a trafficked person. Trafficked persons may be of any race, ethnicity, or gender; they may belong to any cultural or socioeconomic group. They may have several apparent individual or familial risk factors, or have none, with their vulnerability arising only from cultural biases and practices, or adverse societal events.

Child trafficking is about taking children out of their protective environment and preying on their vulnerability for the purpose of exploitation. The trafficking in children, internally in countries, across national borders and across continents is closely interlinked with the demand for cheap malleable and docile labor in sectors and among employers where the working conditions and the treatment grossly violates the human rights of the children.

Young girls are taken away from their homes and families, their lives are actually taken out from their hands. They are denied the opportunity to have freedom of human right, good training and education and exposed them to more opportunities in life. Some parents do not give their children proper training, care, and opportunity to be exposed with issues of life. Perhaps with some parent today, they do not give their children good training. Some girls behave wrongly because of lack of good training. This issues is very serious and close to my heart. It will be very good to empower the young girls and teach them to be self- reliance and build confidence in themselves which will help them and also enable them to face journey of life courageously.  

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