Human Tracking is in America Too

Catherine Smith a Reporter for The Silver Script

Most fifteen year-old girls spend their time pouring over SAT prep books or dreaming about their sweet-sixteen, but for human trafficking victims the stresses of adolescent life are luxuries unavailable to the enslaved.

Rebecca Mott, a woman forced into prostitution as an early teen, is one such example.  After fourteen years, Mott found the courage to escape when she was discriminated against at a hospital after a particularly brutal beating.

Human trafficking is the exploitation of individuals for sex or work, and is a modern form of slavery generating approximately $150 billion annually worldwide. That amount of revenue is on par with Ford Motors and ahead of AT&T. Compared to other crime industries, human trafficking places third, just behind drugs and illegal firearms.

Though human trafficking is oftentimes associated with non-industrialized countries, it is actually most rampant in developed economies, second only to the Asia-Pacific region. The European Union and the United States exceed every other country in human trafficking profits as well, earning over twice as much as their closest geographic competitors.

While U.S. forced labor profits are only a small cut of the industry at $32 billion, California alone is home to 3 of the largest child sex-trafficking areas, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. However, Texas has more reports of human trafficking than any other state, and fifteen percent of those cases originate just in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The most profitable form of forced labor is by far sexual exploitation, generating annually over $21,800 per capita, an amount that dwarfs the second-most lucrative area of industry, labor exploitation, which accrues a measly $4,800.

This business is only so remunerative because it exploits vulnerable and underprivileged individuals, such as migrant workers and young children, and the growth of the industry is a chief concern of governing bodies across the country

Some signs of human trafficking include: an individual living with his or her employer, an individual receiving little or no pay for their work, inability to discuss the nature of their employment, and frequent injuries among other things.

Staying well-informed and educating others about the reality of human trafficking its prevalence in the community is imperative for activism. Hosting fundraisers and donating proceeds to anti-trafficking organizations, as well as writing to local government representatives expressing an interest in the issue will also contribute to abolishing this modern slavery.

 

To report human trafficking call: 1-888-373-7888

 

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