If you thought slavery was over, you are sadly mistaken. Human trafficking and slavery happens in the United States and around the world. However, no evidence of slavery or trafficking has been found in Greenland and Iceland. Human trafficking and slavery is a billion dollar business within the United States. More then 10,000 people in the United States are held against their will. In the United States people are forced into domestic work, farm labor and sex industry.
Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings for forced labor or sexual exploitation, which is a form of modern day slavery. Modern day slavery is he fastest growing criminal industry. Modern day slavery is tied with the illegal arms industry and second to the illegal drug trade.
Human trafficking is different then human smuggling. In human smuggling people voluntarily request or hire an individual to transport people from one location to another. In Human trafficking there is no deception in the agreement until the person is put to “work” in the agriculture or sex industry, where the person who “bought” them will manipulate and keep them in the industry.
Slavery defined as one person completely controls another using violence of violent threats to maintain that control. Exploits them economically and gives them very little to nothing.
Human beings are the second most lucrative commodity after illegal drugs. The type of criminal who engages in human trafficking understands the risk for prosecution is very low. Meaning the rewards are very high and lucrative. It’s harder to prosecute a person for human trafficking due to lack of evidence and unable to get slaves to talk.
In the United States, people who were brought into an industry will often be sent to traffic more people, once the “owner” is comfortable the “slave” is loyal. This is often how the cycle repeats itself and keeps growing. Over 800,000 people are trafficked across the borders each year.
Many human slaves don’t leave because they become so bonded and dependent on their trafficker. They are kept under physical threat and threats to their family. They believe if they stay in the situation to protect their family.
National Human Trafficking Resource Center can be reached at 1-888-373-7888. It is a non profit and non government resource to call for help or to report human trafficking or human slavery.
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