What is Human Trafficking? It’s the form of slavery in which
people control and exploit other human beings in order to create a profit.
Why is this a problem? Because until slavery and trafficking
is fully abolished, the world is not a free one. Because no matter where the
slavery is in the world, our freedom depends on the abolishment of it. Because,
in the words of Abraham Lincoln, ‘no man is good enough to govern another man
without that other’s consent.’
Since my last post, I've taken some time to conduct some research outside of school. As it turns out, 1 out of every 5 people that I interviewed, between the ages of 14 and 18, didn't even know that Human Trafficking was a large world issue.
Where is Human Trafficking occurring? Everywhere. Almost
every single country on the planet is affected in some way by Human
Trafficking. This map shows only a segment of the trafficking trade around the
This chart shows the flow of trafficking victims from country to country. It only shows the larger, more prevalent countries in the world. However, we can see that almost every country or continent is affected in some way- whether a country of origin, destination, or transit stop.
I've done a little more research on this topic. As it turns out, a lot of rescued trafficking victims never receive treatment after being brought out of trafficking. This includes not having proper health care, housing, ect. The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
site gives an insight into how the trafficking victims are treated, and also gives a few options on things to do to help.
This visual gives an insight into how the governments of different countries are combating Human Trafficking. If the country is marked as 'Tier 1', it means the government has recognized Human Trafficking as an issue, and is actively trying to abolish it. However, the amount of Tier 1 countries is not enough, because it is not the whole world, or even the majority. When we compare that chart to this one, we see something shocking:
Many of the countries where government action on Human Trafficking is low, is exactly where Human Trafficking occurs the most. This map shows where in the world victims are usually taken from.
So now we know this:
-That Human Trafficking is a WORLD ISSUE that many people don't even know about.
-That every country is affected by Human Trafficking, and no one is safe.
-That the countries with a high rate of trafficking have governments that are not active in trying to combat it.
But this still begs the issue: What can be done?
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