Essay about Human Trafficking

972 Words May 6th, 2012 4 Pages
By: Crystal Busscher
5th hour

Sex Slaves

The Burmese government has committed serious abuses and blocked humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of displaced civilians since June 2011, in fighting in Burma's northern Kachin State, Human Rights Watch said. Some 75,000 ethnic Kachin displaced persons and refugees are in desperate need of food, medicine, and shelter, Human Rights Watch said. In Burma, the Burmese army have been attacking villages, razed homes, pillaged properties, and forcing the displacement of tens of thousands of people. The soldiers have threatened and also tortured civilians during interrogations and raped women. They also are forcing people even children as young as 14 years old to work in the mines. The Kachin
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It is estimated that there are approximately 27 million slaves around the world. Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including: Forcing victims into prostitution Subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude Compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography Misleading victims into debt bondage According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation. It is estimated that there are approximately 27 million slaves around the world. 68% of female sex trafficking victims meet the clinical criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder. Around half of trafficking victims in the world are under the age of 18. More than 2/3 of sex trafficked children suffer additional abuse at the hands of their traffickers. Trafficked children are significantly more likely to develop mental health problems, abuse substances, engage in prostitution as adults, and either commit or be victimized by violent crimes later in life. Women who have been trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation experience a significantly higher rate of HIV and other STDs, tuberculosis, and permanent damage to their reproductive systems. There is only one shelter in the U.S. designed specifically

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