What if it was you? A look at the growing problem of human trafficking.

24 Apr

You think that just because it’s the 21st century slaves don’t exist?  Well, you’re wrong.  Worldwide, there are 27 million modern-day slaves.  Every year 1 million new children are exploited in the global commercial sex trade.  The United States of America is the number one destination for Child Sex Trafficking in the World.  California is the state with the highest number of Child Trafficking offenses.

Human Trafficking is the second largest illegal business in the world after drugs.  It is growing more popular because you can sell a person numerous times, whereas you can only sell a drug or weapon once.  Over 32 billion is made a year.  Average cost of a slave is $90.  One female slave can make approximately $67,382 a year.

Slavery doesn’t discriminate.  Everyone, regardless of race, gender or where they live, is at risk.  Runaway kids who came from abusive homes are especially at risk.  The traffickers prey on their vulnerability.  The average age of entry intro prostitution is 12 – 14.  In the words of a trafficker, “they like the younger girls because it’s easier to break their spirits and know they’ll never try to run away because there was nothing left.  Ten days to two weeks of gang rape and sodomy and their eyes go blank and you know they’re good to go.”  They start kids as young as 9 months in brothels.


The punishments for these crimes against humanity are rarely severe.  Many times, the girls who were trafficked will be penalized for prostitution even though it was against their will.  It is hard to hold one person accountable for trafficking since it is a business that deals with many different people.  It is not only the trafficker’s fault, but the people who pay for the services of the slaves.

If a person is lucky enough to escape from captivity, many of them find themselves back in the world of prostitution.  Since they had been kept isolated from the world for so long they do not know how to survive in any other way.  

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore have created a foundation to help spread the word.  Watching this short and informative documentary (Part 1 and Part 2) is worthwhile.  Just think, what if it was you?


2 Responses to “What if it was you? A look at the growing problem of human trafficking.”

  1. lgsproffery May 14, 2011 at 1:07 AM #

    Cailin — good research, but a) watch for small errors, and b) try to reduce the editorializing in favor of facts that support your p.o.v.


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