Human Trafficking
By: iliana, ryan, kyler, daniel, brandon, terry, kevin, nathan, katie, erich

Human trafficking is the trade in humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others. Human trafficking is a crime against the person because of the violation of the victim's rights of movement through coercion and because of their commercial exploitation. Human trafficking represents an estimated $31.6 billion of international trade per annum in 2010

Sex Trafficking

Sex Trafficking at the Super Bowl:

570 johns and 23 sex traffickers were arrested at the Super Bowl. This might just be a fact we put over our heads because it's not important to us, but what about next year? When the Super Bowl is in our neck of the woods, sex trafficking will be a huge problem that day. Unless we actually take steps to crack down on this, it's going to be a reoccurring problem at every Super Bowl. On Monday, the Cook County Sheriff's office said that, "54 women and 14 juveniles were rescued from multiple sex traffickers located near the Super Bowl". Even cutting this number down by half when the Super Bowl comes here next year would be a hard task. The next step we should take is to expand and increase the number of law enforcement around each city the Super Bowl is located in.

Sex traffickers use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to force women, men and children to engage in commercial sex against their will. Under federal law, any minor under the age of 18 years induced into commercial sex is a victim of sex trafficking—regardless of whether or not the trafficker used force, fraud, or coercion. Sex traffickers may lure their victims with the false promise of a high-paying job. In street-based sex trafficking, victims are often expected to earn a nightly quota, ranging from $500 to $1000 or more, which is confiscated by the pimp.According to the FBI, sex trafficking is the third largest and fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world, making about $10 billion in America alone.Most people associate sex trafficking with foreign girls from Latin America, Asia, or Eastern Europe, but gangs in America have begun to target runaways from the U.S., typically teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds. Predators have begun to increasingly use digital technology, namely mobile phones and social media, to lure their victims. The use of the Internet allows pimps and gangs to cultivate and traffic victims, causing the number of these crimes to increase. About 800,000 children go missing every year across the country and are assumed to be put into human trafficking. Last year, 1 in 7 endangered runaways reported to the police were sex-trafficking victims.

Labor Trafficking

Labor trafficking is a form of slavery that exists in our world today.Labor traffickers include contractors, employers, and laborrecruiters. When these people are forced against their will to work in different industries, that's when this specific trafficking occurs. In 2013, there were reports of 929 labor trafficking cases in the United States. There can be many vulnerabilities that lead to labor trafficking such as: immigration status, recruitment debt, isolation, poverty, and a lack of labor protections. Common types of labor that these vulnerable individuals have to go through include working at domestic servants, farmworkers that are working with violent individuals, door-to-door sales crews, carnivals, health and beauty services, and factory workers. These workers work long hours and do not get paid well even with the brutal conditions they work under. The International Labor Organization believes that there are about 14.2 million trapped in forced labor industries. This includes agriculture, construction, domestic work, and manufacturing. Labor trafficking is a very serious thing that happens all over the US. All together, we need to find a way to spread the word of this and help to end all of the industries that involve these workers. By doing this, awareness will be spread all hopefully individuals will eventually be able to work good hours and get the treatment and money that they deserve.

In 2013, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, operated by Polaris, received reports of 929 labor trafficking cases inside the United States. Globally, the International Labor Organization estimates that there are 14.2 million people trapped in forced labor in industries including agriculture, construction, domestic work and manufacturing. Foreign workers are lured by false promises of good jobs in America, soon find themselves enslaved in plain sight as victims of labor trafficking, according to a new report published by the nonpartisan Urban Institute and Northeastern University. Roughly 21 million worldwide victims of forced laborlabor trafficking victims are subject to multiple forms of mental, physical or financial abuse at the hands of their employer or the subcontractor that brought them into the country.

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