By: Ambria Holman
April is sexual assault prevention awareness month. Sexual assault can come in any form. One form of sex assault that is not talked about much is Human Trafficking. Human trafficking is believed to be one of the fastest-growing activities of trans-national criminal organizations. According to the United Nation Officer on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), human trafficking is the forced enslavement of humans for the sole purpose of to benefit financially. People who are caught up in the human trafficking business can be sold for the purpose of forced labor, black market organ harvesting, marriage fraud, or sexual slavery. Sexual slavery also known as prostitution, is the most common cause of human trafficking.
Although human trafficking can affect all people, individuals who are prone to living in poverty stricken areas, and who are minorities have a higher risk of becoming a victim. In particular, women who are in poverty are 70 percent more likely to become a victim to prostitution than men who have a risk of 20 percent. Out of the 70 percent of women, 40 percent of them would have mostly been child prostitutes. These areas allow for the traffickers to thrive on the mental state of victims hoping to be in better positions than they are in that instance. For every seven people in the United States, one individual will be a victim of human trafficking.
Today, there are several organization who are trying to bring awareness to human trafficking through all platforms. Human trafficking is a global business that will continue to grow. Below is a chart that shows the different ways that human traffickers are able to be hidden. Visit www.polarisproject.org for more information about human trafficking as a whole.
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