Sex trafficking according to the United States government is the “recruitment of harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act”. The sexual enslavement of women and children has become one of the worlds most profitable businesses. The sexual exploitation is an industry that works in an assortment of different markets. Through women being abducted against their will these women are exploited through ads inquiring for sex, pornography, mail order brides, or sex slaves. A massive division of this business is through International sex trafficking. This subset of human trafficking targets women who are kidnapped and taken against their will where they are later sold, abused, forced to perform sexual acts, and raped, for the profit of others. The U.S. State Department approximates 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked here in the United States annually. Compiling accurate data in regards to the severity of the problem within the United States has proven to be a difficult task. Trends in international sex trafficking are easier to track. While we review the trafficker and the role that they set to organize in order to prey on children and women we will also go through the process of what laws are being used to prosecute these monsters. The horrific act of the sexual exploitation of women will forever be an issue unless drastic measures are taken to increase society’s awareness and knowledge of the situation here in the United States.
In this modern day slave trade, sex trafficking entails the trade of human beings who are later sold, and sexually exploited for profit. During the past decade we have seen sex trafficking reach to significantly increased numbers. According to the U.S. Department of State in 2004 5o percent of trafficked human beings are children, and 70 percent of them are women. Many of these percentages are estimates due to the fact that many of the victims that are trafficked are more hesitant to report the abuse. Trafficked victims become reluctant because they believe that authorities might be able to save them from the Traffickers or even prosecute them for a certain offense. Many of these abused victims will go back to the traffickers who are torturing them and exploiting them because of the feeling of not being able to escape. Every year 600,000 to 800,000 human beings are being trafficked and immigrated over international borders (U.S. Department of State, 2004). During the 1990’s many women and girls were used for sex trafficking and recruited and brought over to the U.S. from all over the world. Human trafficking has become one of the nations fastest growing crimes. Some of these offenders have evolved from formerly known small groups to now think out huge organized networks of groups. Falling under narcotics, gun sales, sex trafficking has been estimated by the U.S. Department of States to be the largest source of income for organized crime. A small child when taken from a foreign country is estimated to be sold in the United States for $20,000 or possibly more. Unlike the sell of guns and drugs women and children are pimped out and sold continuously in the private sex industry and keep making revenue to their traffickers. The United Nations has struggled to pinpoint where most of these victims are being targeted in. A study that the United Nations has done in 2004 has found that many of these victims are predominantly recruited from Asia, East Europe, Soviet Union, Africa, and also from Latin America. These countries tend to be in economic strife with instability in politics. With reasons that cause glitches in international laws, traffickers use this to their advantage. In being able to bribe official traffickers are able to transport these women and children with forged passports and traveling documents. The United Nations has fount that destination countries tend to be wealthy and prostitution is legal. For example in Germany prostitution is legal and traffickers use this as a destination area for prostituting their victims with ease. In countries where sex trafficking is socially acceptable traffickers find a home where they are able to profit from torturing their victims without any reprimand. The United States over the years has become one of the destination countries for traffickers. A massive amount of women and children have been trafficked to the United States. The United States is known to be one of the largest industries for child pornography. With this being known traffickers have placed our Country to be one of the top destinations for human trafficking. To increase revenue traffickers seek “fresh product”. Sex traffickers refer to “fresh product” to describe young females or children. According to the U.S. Department of State a third of “street prostitutes” are under the age of 18. Half of these children victims are exploited behind closed doors through private membership escort services.
In countries that suffer with their economy many women and children are recruited falsely through marriage agencies, modeling, and possible employment. In promising these victims a better life in countries with wealth and glamour many of these victims are falsely recruited. Many marriage agencies according to Unicef.org exploit children as young as10 years old. When women are deceived by these organizations they fall in deeper into debt that they already are in because traffickers arrange to pay for the victims are fare, passport fees, etc. and arrange for the women to pay them back with future income that they will come across. These women finally reach their destination not knowing what is waiting for them and therefore they are finally victimized into committing acts against their own will. When victims reach the United States, usually pornography is used to bridge the victims into different markets. In using these victims in pornography traffickers believe that their victims are less defensive. When victims perform in pornography this is one way that trafficker’s use against them in order to pay their debt to them. Traffickers torture their victims emotionally by threatening victims by deportation or by taking some sort of legal action against them. Victims lose all sense of control and are moved frequently in order to keep buyers with new sexual experiences. Women and children who do not meet the criteria wanted by traffickers or the buyers are beaten and raped daily. Young women are forced in shameful acts that consist of having sexual acts with animals and being urinated upon while their traffickers and buyers watch. In 2003 The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act was improved. This protection act admits that laws that already exist fail to protect trafficking victims. This law describes that victims of trafficking shall not be prosecuted for using falsified government documents, immigrating into the country illegally, and lastly working in the U.S. without any documents. With the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act this takes away the emotional abuse that the trafficker uses against the victim to keep in their sex market. In part of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Act victims attained are granted temporary visas known as “t-visa” where victims are granted a temporary visa and after three years may attain residence here in the U.S. In accordance to this Act victims have benefits and services in where they can also attain protection from the witness Protection Program. The number one thing about these victims coming out to receive help is their invisibility. These victims are often times kept in the dark by their torturers. Traffickers choose locations that are safe and where they know they will be unlikely to get caught by officials. Because of fear that traffickers inflict on their victims stay in the dark, In accordance to David R. Hodge in Social Work society tends to ignore victims at times when they are able to accomplish something that they need. According to David R. Hodge he states that here in the United States children that are nine to ten years old are forced to provide service to up to 35 men an hour. These children have been ignored by certain sources because they find it ok that they provide condoms to the children and they are having protected sex.
Because certain health issues in our society today are very important to protect we as a society have a job to protect these human beings from unmoral modern day slavery. By setting out organizations within our communities we start to build our own database of knowledge in how to pinpoint these traffickers. By bringing people together we are able to find victims and luckily provide services to them to help us understand where the problem is deriving from. Victims of sex trafficking are human beings that will have to suffer the emotional aftermath of their abusers. In helping bring an organization together we would be able to find in our communities ways to help these victims emotionally and physically. In building a strong group against human sex trafficking we will build a strong organization that will help move forward the process of more harsh ways to prosecute these sex traffickers. Since the 1990’s when we had a growth in internet use pornography and child pornography has been on the rise. By setting strict laws in abolishing torturous images of women and children trafficking could be cut less to the current statistics. Lastly, by creating a safe house or a database of some sort that reaches out to these victims trafficking can be better pinpointed. In having a database of safe house we as an organization will be able to provide services to victims where they will no longer find the need to be left in the dark.
In conclusion, by building organizations within our societies victims of the human sex trafficking epidemic will not have to suffer no more. Justice will be made for these victims if stricter laws are made to prosecute traffickers and anyone involved in these heinous acts. These traffickers should be reprimanded and held responsible for the years loss of these victims. We as a community as the United States have a duty to abolish sex trafficking. By abolishing sex trafficking one step at a time we will liberate thousands and hopefully millions. Victims shall be liberated and will be liberated from the invisibility they had to endure.