Child trafficking involves the exploitation and abuse of children through the means of recruiting or forcing them to work in brothels, factories, labor camps, and other unwholesome place.
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Child trafficking involves the exploitation and abuse of children through the means of recruiting or forcing them to work in brothels, factories, labor camps, and other unwholesome places. Poverty is the main cause why there are millions of women and children trafficked or smuggled to different regions and putting an end to it is a very ambitious plight.
The business of exploitation and abuse to children largely takes place in poverty stricken countries and minorities mostly in Asia and Africa. The existence of unwholesome environments such as civil wars in regions, single parent homes, domestic violence, and others have led to children running away from their families. The Thai-Cambodian region is a very rich source of prostitutes while the continent of Africa is home to millions of child soldiers at risk of death.
While women and children in poor nations are at risk to abuse and trafficking, the demand for them is actually coming from the more developed nations. United States and Australia share the biggest percentage as the most frequent customers of child prostitutes. Sex tourism and trade are heavily practiced in Europe and most Americans and Australians go there to satisfy their needs.
The ancient history thought us stories about slavery and human trades involving a greater power taking over an indigenous population and sell invasion survivors to monarch and wealthy traders as slaves. The African slavery is the most popular form of human trafficking in the older times. Those times of distress are over in this age of law and human rights advocacy.
Child Trafficking: The Disturbing Result of Poverty
A modern law constitutes a strong disregard to human trafficking and sees it as a criminal act in violation of human rights. To further understand what human trafficking is all about. It is an unlawful act of transacting an individual under three significant elements which are the act, the means and the purpose against their own will. A person traded to forced labor, sex exploitation and servitude for organ removal. Under the law human trafficking is classified as a criminal act that renders a maximum of life imprisonment depending on the prevailing law system in a particular country.
The three aforementioned elements of act, means and purpose define why this crime takes place. Human smuggling happens when a person recruits, transfer, harbor, transport and receive a person. The process is being done by death threats or use of force, deception, abduction, fraud, giving monetary benefits to gain control over their will and by use of power. There are several reasons why criminal organizations do these things, mainly to gain revenue over illegal activities involving the exploited person. Exploitation acts may be in a form of organ removal for transplant, sexual exploitation, prostitution and working in a sweat shop.
what is human trafficking?
Although the act of human trafficking has been going on for decades, it has only been a few years (2000) since the United Nations Trafficking Protocol (the Palermo Protocol of 2000, an international legal agreement attached to the United Nations) was established containing the first internationally agreed upon definition of human trafficking with the understanding that it is the force, fraud, and coercion from one person to the next that defines the essence of this crime.
People often tell me that they think human trafficking is moving people from one country to the next, and while that is a part of what the act really is, the heart of the issue is the mental and emotional movement of a person by another. The U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) (created as a result of the UN Protocol) leaves out what to me is the most important aspect of the definition and therefore makes it more difficult to prove a case in court against alleged traffickers.
The heart of the U.N. Trafficking Protocol defines human trafficking as: the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.
How to Get Rid of It at the Source
The main enabler for human trafficking is poverty. A look across statistics shows that up to 90% of people are smuggled from 3rd world countries that are affected by famine, disease, civil war and large scale poverty. Women go to the extent of selling their unborn babies at even the slightest hint of a better life. What this does to create a supply chain that cartels can exploit. Once you get rid of the supply, then the demand will dwindle, and Bob's your uncle!
Human trafficking is a product of organized crime in many countries, making it among the most difficult trails to follow. The only way to effectively battle it is to improve the quality of life in poor countries, and to get them to a point of self sustenance. Once this is done, the need for greener pastures, or the quest for a better life will no longer be an incentive for the poor, and hopefully this will create a ripple effect, and make it harder for traffickers to exploit these people.