Few negative vices affect individuals and the society as a whole like human trafficking. The issue of slavery has been around for centuries and even after passing legislation and putting in place measures to halt the practice, it is still very common around the world. People are still being forced to do things against their will. When force or coercion is used against other human beings, the whole world needs to act. The practice of human trafficking has gone on unabated for a long time because most people are ignorant about its widespread nature.
Poverty and Human Traffic
One of the biggest contributing factors of human trafficking is poverty. Those who are involved in the practice take advantage of poverty to get their victims. Unlike in the past centuries when slaves were forcefully abducted and moved from one place to another, today, the traffickers are enticing their victims by promising jobs and a better future. Those who can barely find enough food to eat are usually desperate enough to fall for the promises that turn out to be lies.
The human trafficking organization is a well-organized body that involves many people all over the world. Those who benefit most from the trade usually get away with it because they never reveal their identities. No one seems to know who is behind the heinous trade that has international connections. Human beings are trafficked every day and even with the heightened awareness, the practice is still thriving in many parts of the world.
Women and children are the biggest victims of human trafficking. Most of the victims end up in the sex trade where they are forced to work in different cities around the world. The traffickers target the poor people who have no one to turn to. Many victims find themselves with no way out when they are in a strange place where they cannot even speak the language. In most cases, they have no travel documents and the traffickers have threatened to kill or harm them if they try to get away.
Anti-Human Trafficking Organizations
A number of organizations have been set up to stop the practice of human trafficking. These organizations have been working tirelessly to raise awareness and help those who are currently being held against their will. The organizations work in different regions and their approaches are different but the idea is the same.
Some work to rescue children who have been abducted in different parts of the world. Others work with women in the sex trade, while others still target those being forced to work in sweatshops and other commercial sectors.
The different organizations have private donors and they look to well wishers to help them carry out their mission. Most of them use volunteers who devote their time and energy to try to end this evil practice. People today are more aware of the serious nature of human trafficking than they were a few years ago. The media has come out strongly to highlight the practice and people are more aware. Many of the volunteers in some of the organizations risk their lives as they go into the trafficker’s territories to try to rescue the victims.