Human Trafficking is a human rights issue many don’t know about but it’s one of the most lucrative forms of human exploitation in the world.
According to, Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relation, The Facts about human trafficking for forced Labor, human trafficking is a serious criminal activity on the rise worldwide.
“Annually, approximately 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders; millions more are enslaved in their own countries.”
Being poor or an immigrant is one of the biggest factors that contribute to human trafficking.
“These workers are made more vulnerable to forced labor practices because of unemployment, poverty, crime, discrimination, corruption, political conflict, and cultural acceptance of the practice.”
The types of forced labor people are subjected to are, sexual exploitation, debt bondage; all forced labor.
Sexual exploitation is the most lucrative forms of forced labor often reigning supreme in the sex industry. Trafficked victims are subjected to psychological damage; they become mentally enslaved, by various actions such as gang rape, and skin branding in the case of sexual exploitation.
According to the Polaris Project, “The average victim may be forced to have sex up to 20-48 times a day.”
Kasey Walker, Kean University’s, Human Rights club Treasurer, believes taking action is key in preventing human trafficking; educating ourselves.
“The first step to fighting an almost invisible problem is making people aware that yes it actually does exist,” said Walker. “While we do see the trafficking of African, Asians, and Hispanics; the biggest unseen variable is that every year thousands of American women and girls as young as 14 are being used for sex and domestic work.”
Walker believes in speaking out and keeping close on society.
“The biggest thing we can do is to be aware of the warning signs,” said Walker. “It’s better to report and be wrong than not report and have been right, leaving a life in danger.”
In an era of globalization human trafficking will grow if there isn’t efficient legislation and protocols focused on combating the essence of it.
In the article, “New Threats to Human Security in the Era of Globalization,” by sakiko Fukuda-Parr the concept of human insecurity is presented.
“Many new threats to human securities are emerging or old threats are being intensified as the pace of globalization accelerates, outpacing the capacity of governments to develop policy responses.”
It’s up to everyone to make it their mission to speak up against human trafficking; it’s not a foreign problem but one close to home.
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