Monday, May 20, 2013

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21 comments:

Yanet Arcaya said...

The human traffic pandemic is a horrible situation. I believe that it will never be fully stopped but by giving sexually abused children, runaways and homeless people homes we might be able to reduce the problem. Having these people in the streets makes them more vulnerable to be taken by the criminals who conduct the sex trafficking. Now, if the children are in school getting educated upon this topic and being surrounded by teachers and administrators, it is less likely that they will be taken for human trafficking. Also, homeless, are people who don’t have homes and are in the streets abandoned. If the government gives them something to do, for example, work for a non-profit where they will have a home to live in, they will also be less likely to run into the trafficking situation. Not all has to come from the government; businesses should also do their part and help out with their community. Families can also adopt children; they will not only take the child off the streets but also hopefully change their lives around.

-Yanet Arcaya

Anonymous said...

Sinful human's nature leads to a number of illegal activities, that are affecting innocent people in order to serve the devil desires. Human trafficking and sexual slavery have always been attracting to perverted minds and there always have been people who are willing to make anything happen for compensation. Sexual slavery is destroying victims morally and there are no chances that the person, who was able to escape from slavery, can ever return to a normal lifestyle.
Sexual slavery needs to be stopped, however it's an illusion that, once we destroy the black market of human trafficking, the sexual slavery will stop to exist. After convicting all the powerful people, who manage the black market, the new generation of criminals will come, who will be sharper, stronger, and crueler. But does that mean that we have no hope in stopping sexual slavery? Sexual slavery will be stopped not when the black market is destroyed, but when, and only when there will be no customers to be served. The problem needs to be sold not from outside, but from inside. Once the natural evolution will get rid of mentally ill people the world will become better.
Elizaveta Mazhuina

Jeiddy Lopez said...

I think fairness (some fairness) could come with teaching that others matter (are equally important), rather than view them as just matter (simply material) (be it material that is in 'your' way or material for 'your' profit.), all the while providing equal opportunities. Fairness is a bit hard to describe because what IS fair? and one could juggle/debate this and that. However, we can agree that forced prostitution/labor and such is NOT fair because they were put there by force, not by choice, and then there are those engaging in the activity, not just the 'power figure' but participants in this chain who are equally responsible for supporting it. Theres also the chance that maybe legalizing it could mean that they would not have to abduct these people…although I cannot provide a solid solution/answer/cure to such a large problem (and perhaps no one will ever find the solution/answer/cure that will completely swipe away all sex slavery and exploitation), perhaps it could be some kind of start to spread the idea that we (ourselves) are not the only living person, and that no one is just matter.

-jeiddy lopez

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Anonymous said...

Human Trafficking is a situation that has increased over years. It can result in a number of inhumane acts.This includes sex exploitation,prostitution,forced labor etc.It is noted that some areas have legalized brothel houses in order to try to eliminate Human Trafficking,but in my opinion it can actual cause the reverse effect and stimulate human traffickers. I must agree with Elizaveta,for there will not be an end to the sexual slavery until there are no longer any customers to serve. In addition the elimination of this crime goes beyond preventing illegal human transportation. The government has to step in further and create order. The "powerful" people behind these crimes have financial aspirations that justify there evil crimes. They will not just stop because of immoral reasons. Jobs have to be created, scarcity of finances and poor living conditions have to be reversed in order to even begin to get these Black market workers away from there illegal lifestyles. Usually ,when we take a look at situations like these we think how can someone do this to a human being ... How can an adult hurt a child..but we must also realize that not every culture or region of this world has the same beliefs or set of ideas that we do. What we may consider illegal, immoral,unjust,can be seen completely and utterly different somewhere else? So in reality it goes beyond just forcing someone to do what we consider legal but you would have to rewire there minds. Furthermore, Homelessness is another growing issue and unfortunately young adolescents and children without homes are the main targets.First off no child should even be homeless that's why there are parents to provide and shelter them.But in cases where the parent is not fit and a child does end up homeless than it should be the government's responsibility to secure there well-being.
-Alexandra Bautista

clifford sajous said...

Human trafficking is the product of the human condition, which is based on money, power, corruption, and desire. It has existed in one form or another for probably as long as the human race has been walking the earth, for clarity think as far back as the Roman Empire. It is truly a horrible thing to be part of, trapped by and involved in especially in this day and age. For those who believe that it can be stopped are simply naïve, because as long as there is a market it will continue grow. It can easily be compared to the never ending war on drugs. Our best hope is to slow it down which is a 4 step process. Step 1: taking appropriate preventive measures to reduce the presence of soft targets on our streets ie the homeless, the runaways, the prostitutes and so on. Step 2: Create a federal and inter-agency task force appropriately funded and equipped whose mission is to gather intelligence, conduct raids and maintain pressure on these organizations. Step 3: Pass laws and regulations that will guarantee the maximum punishment available under the law to those convicted of using, supporting, facilitating and funding any part of the network. Step 4: educate our young.

Emmanuel Reu Jacques said...

Most of us are not aware of the human trafficking problem; some of us don't care about it. It may not affect oneself personally;but indirectly, it does. There are many things that trigger human trafficking. For instance, a child who is raised in a fatherless home, usually a female child look up to her father and seek advice for almost everything she's doing in her life. Most of the prostitute in the streets were not raised with a father figure in their lives. More, some children receive abuses from their parents, sometimes from both. Those children will reach at a certain time where they could not take it anymore; the best solution for them is to run away. Poverty is also one of them, at early age, some children are forced to go in the streets to feed themselves because their parents could not provide enough food for the family. All three cases will be resulting in prostitution whether the children like it or not. Some children are pick up by men who promise them something better which is not true. Those children become the sex slave of those men, they sell them for money. They are making so much profit with the human trafficking business. Money is tentative; you going need to have more and more, it will never be enough. The governments are somehow involve in the business, because if they were not, human trafficking should have been history. This problem will never be solved, that's a fact. The fixers are also the bad guys.

Anonymous said...

As I ponder with my thoughts about the issue I begin to ask myself questions on how different methods could possibly decrease the amount of sex slave trafficking. In a governmental perspective, the government cant just create a program that helps the people in these situations directly as it can drain the economy of its resources and in some cases could even be taken advantage. Education wont be able to help very much because it will simply affect the girls that are willing to be captured rather then the captors themselves. Therefore education on the subject matter would only attempt to eliminate the "optional" part of the issue as these girls would no longer wish to join the sex slave trafficking business but the captors will still use whatever means necessary to capture a girl in order to make a profit. As I continue to think about this issue each and every solution has its own pros and cons, so my question becomes how do we solve this issue with the least amount of "collateral" as possible? Several answers come to mind but are they truly effective? My best answer to this question would be for the government to add security checkpoints in certain main roads to stop suspicious transportation vehicles from transporting the captured women to other states or countries. Another solution would be to create specialized countermeasures for normal citizens in order to directly stop these captors. Despite all of these different solutions I do agrees with my peers as it is true that the issue of sex slavery may never be abolished completely. There is also no guarantee that the sex slavery trade may be affected at all as these are just solutions for our home and culture as opposed to other countries that in some cases simply ignore the sex slavery issues at hand. Although I am still unclear about the solutions to this issue I am confident that perhaps one day the worlds governments would be able to at least decrease the amount of sex slave trafficking exponentially and this issue would simply be another problem recorded in the history books.

Alicia Dawson said...

First we must ask ourselves what is human trafficking? Human trafficking is a global pandemic that increases yearly, where men, woman and mostly children are victimized sexually. There is evidence that homeless, previously sexually abused and runaway youth are the majority, which is more likely females around the ages of eight to fourteen years old. Unfortunately these offenders are being taken from their environment and traded amongst others for sex (sex slaves). One of the first few things that runs into my mind is, Is there a way to help these people in need? Well when I think of human trafficking, I come to the conclusion that someone was at the wrong place at the wrong time. No one ask to be mistreated and exploited to various people, so why are evil people creating such harm to beings? One solution that I have is to use hotlines when someone feels endangered. Hotlines may help with difficult situations such as problems at home to even issues at school, preventing further damage. Another way to cease human trafficking is to be aware of your surroundings and the people you let inside your life. Sometimes knowing the aspects of where, when and how you are arriving to a particular area can be beneficial towards your safety. As well as knowing someone and their motives. With such a vast and heinous crime occurring, I am not sure if my solutions can help promptly but with help from our community we can put a stop to human trafficking.

Anonymous said...

Can human trafficking really be solved? I think it could. Millions of people are being trafficked every year. How can we solve this? Most of the women, men, and children being trafficked are drugged. So should we abolish drug so that the people being trafficked have a chance to fight back? Should parents and families watch over their loved ones like a hawk? Are the people that are abducting these innocent people crazy? Should the government finally step up and take action on the issue? Drugs are illegal and people still manage to get their hands on it. Families and parent should do something to prevent this from happening they should speak to their children about the issue. They should teach their children some type of self defiance. But no matter how much parents speak to their children the inevitable happens. So controlling drugs, and parent making their children aware won’t solve it. The government should take the matter at hand serious. I think the government should be more serious when young children and teens are reported missing. To prevent people from being abducted there should have more police out on the street patrolling and not just in their cars but walking around making it know that there. They should also be more carefully when people are taking children overseas. To solve the matter at hand everyone has to put in some effort and take action. It may take years to solve this problem.
-Anabelle Gonzalez

Anonymous said...

The comment with the date:

May 23, 2013 at 11:17 AM

is my comment:

- Brian Gonzalez

prettygurdian said...

Opportunities exist; mostly in some part of the world where people do not judge you by your race, ethnicity and culture. But sadly in the world we live in today anyone would do anything for an opportunity, it may be going to school, finding a good job that will pay you well even starting a family. There are so many reasons why people leave their country to find this one word that it is call “opportunity”. But while trying to find this one word, there are things, obstacles that get in their way such as human trafficking, sex slave trade, prostitution and drugs and that is just naming a few. These obstacles will never go away no matter what the government does or say, they can do some much for their people that in the end the government can be seen as an anti-hero. No one is blinded by what is happening around the world and for does who say otherwise there are just being ignorant. I do not think there is any way to solve this problem of sex trade and death, because everyone is greedy and selfish and none caring for what is happening with “human tracking” people are just hypocrite. Even if we make shelter for the homeless and for people that run away from their homes there is so much that we can do for them, and money that the government is willing to spend. But who are we to blame for these problem that are happening right now as I am typing this? The people themselves? Or the lack of government in some part of the world, that they can put an end to it but instead there to busy trying to make money out of it. Let us be realistic here, we are surround by corrupted governments that they turn their back on issues such as this.

-Stephanie Ramirez

David RegNurse said...

Human Traffic issue is one finally coming to light. The problem with it finally being something being noticed is that we have no real way to approach the issue. As we discussed in class it's a multi-million dollar industry so where do we start. I believe educating the target before they become victims. Areas such as the Eastern block could have people go into isolated areas where these people go to fool and kidnap these young ladies. Explain proper procedures and recruitment standards to get into other countries. We must begin to educate and explain to cultures that find selling off a daughter or son to keep the rest of the family fed and clothed isnt a acceptable way out of poverty. We must begin by giving these families other options and improve the conditions in which they survive to conditions in which they can live. What can we do here? Well be vigilant and aware of your own actions, from the way a person is objectified to what you see and know is wrong. Ho we place a woman or any human being into a sexual object and perceive them as such the culture of objectifying a person will not change.
David Diaz

Andrew Holtz said...

Based on this article and the facts stated, Human Trafficking is a major problem that desperately needs to be solved. It is unfortunate that the majority of people that are victimized by Human Trafficking come from "broken homes," but the deeper issue lies not from where these people grew up but from where they currently reside. Having so many people end up homeless presents an easy way for these sex traffickers to execute their plan which is to kidnap people to use towards a myriad of Human Trafficking methods. With the amount of homeless people that exist and that suffer from this horrible situation, it almost makes things too easy for these Human Traffickers to get away with anything. Everything becomes easy access with the abundance of homeless people that currently parade our streets. Unfortunately, the government cannot just fund all these homeless people and stick them in non profit or minimum wage jobs to help these people support themselves because the number of homeless people is simply too large. I am hopeful that everyday, more and more people make a real issue out of this human trafficking pandemic because it is one of the most significant problems our country and countries all over the world face.
-Andrew Holtz

Anonymous said...

Human trafficking is a very serious matter that has been going on all around the world, and for a very long time. How exactly can we put a stop to this very inhumane act? The sad truth is that there is no stop to it completely but we as a team can definitely take control take action and try to stop this trafficking as much as we can. First thing would be education; we can travel to these countries and speak to different kinds of people from different organizations about the danger of these actions. I believe that through awareness we can touch everybody’s life and have them change their ways of thinking. Education goes a long way and if we encourage the citizens and law enforcement it can have a great change and effect on society. This problem has been going on for a very long time, and it will take a long time for major changes to show, but we must take action. All it takes is for one person to take action in spreading out the word, the best way to show people to be fair is too teach them to be equal with one another, in other words treat others the way you want to be treated. Money is very helpful and with some money we can help the victims and also invest in programs that will go all around these countries and educated them.
Julio Lopez

Anonymous said...

Human trafficking is the illegal trade in human beings for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor; a modern day form of slavery. A majority of the citizens that suffer due to human trafficking don't have the resources to prevent it nor to locate and abominate the criminals involved with human trafficking. Ranking behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking, human trafficking is estimated to be the third largest international crime industry. It is believed to generate profits of an estimated $32 billion, according to a 2005 report from the international labour organization. Of that number, $15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries. The estimated number is 20-30 million slaves in the world today. According to a United Nations report, the recruiter in 54% of human trafficking cases was a stranger to the victim. In 46% of the cases, the recruiter was known to the victim. But, what most don't know is that when an underage girl is arrested for prostitution, regardless of whether it was on her own volition, she is locked up. What is stunning is that even if she is found at her trial to be a victim of human trafficking, she is likely to be sentenced the same as any willing offender. Most jurisdictions in the US don't have the means to properly care for these young women outside of an institutional setting, so they have them locked up for their own safety. Sadly, it is so extremely well organized and undercover that we cannot do much legally at the moment. Because the girls, for instance, when they are taken to another country they don't know the leader who organized it. To protect them in a country they need them to give the name of the person and they don't know it. Thus, they get sent back sometimes and are trafficked again. I think we can do some things to help. But, we can't entirely stop it or eliminate it; it would be very difficult to control it since it is worldwide and has been around since the beginning of time. We could raise awareness (by researching ourselves, to become informed) and be aware of the signs so we could report anything when we do see something wrong. We could donate to those organizations that are already created to help stop the spread (or at least decrease the outrageous number of people affected). We could also start organizations in schools. Spread the issue at work meetings, around campus, etc. by giving out flyers, brochures, etc. We could even call in to our representatives to urge them to make this issue a priority. There are bills and have been bills in the senate trying to be approved. In Maryland, they were trying to (maybe still are, not entirely sure) pass three bills. People are aware and they are attempting to stop this but we can only do so much. –Naylet Rivero

Anonymous said...

The practice of trafficking humans has been increasing in the world. While the trafficking is used to exploit people in many different ways, sexual exploitation is its most common purpose. While i believe that human trafficking and exploitation is never going to be fully solved i do believe that there are some things that we could do to reduce the problem in question. To start, i think education is our most powerful weapon to eliminate all problems. Therefore, we should educate people in the subject and the moral problems of the situation. In addition, i believe it is crucial to reinforce the importance of the family structure. Something that might help the situation is to offer help to people in the streets. For example to advertise more all of the social programs that the government or private institutions offer to inform people of their existence and take advantage of the opportunities these programs might offer. Finally, I believe that if we know someone who is involved in some way in this practice, most likely it will be in someone who buys sex, we should try to explain why is it wrong to participate in this, not because of the fact of buying sexual activity but because of the origin of the people who offer it. Although this situation may never be fully solved each of us, in society, can give the smallest contribution to help the cause.
- Maria Victoria Abuin

Anonymous said...

According to the United Nations, the practice of human trafficking is the selling and transporting of people against their will. Essentially, it is modern day slavery. Those who are trafficked tend to be mistreated, sexually abused, and much more. There are typically three main stages in the human trafficking process: the capture of the persons, retaining and smuggling the persons, and then finally selling the persons. The criminals involved in capturing their victims normally use force and are extremely aggressive. The second process lasts the longest and is the most intricate. These people are the ones that are in charge of transporting and "caring" for their prisoners. In most cases, they have to transport their slaves internationally in order to do business. Finally there is the buyer. The buy will normally use his/her slave for sex, hard labour, abuse, and more twisted acts. Frankly, this is a sick, demented practice. It is a global issue, and until every country works together to stop this practice, human trafficking will continue to the the elephant in the room. No one can deny that it is happening everyday at high levels, but not much is being done to stop it. I believe that the United Nations should focus more of its attention towards this cause in order to preserve the civil rights of those who have been kidnapped. Additionally, wealthier countries should help out those countries with fewer resources in order to attack the situation at the source. If this is done, I can guarantee that human trafficking will be a problem of the past.

- Josh Robins

Anonymous said...

Human trafficking is a trade that has been going on for years and will continue to thrive if the government doesn’t do more things to stop it. This trade is a very lucrative business that grosses approximately 32 billion dollars a year. This trade gets it money by forcing humans, mainly women to prostitute their bodies, force them to labor, sometimes even turning them into baby-making machines that sell babies to families unable to have children. They are also used to harvest tissues and organs. Living in the number one city in the US where trafficking thrives, one would think that there would be more preventative measures. The word trafficking is turning more into recruitment with people kidnapping in their home cities so it sort of why look elsewhere when I can get one easily here?
-Marithza Bain

Anonymous said...

This article is beyond wrenching for me, to read those facts on the sex slavery pandemic. To read about these innocent children learning acts of the world at such a young age. As much as I would like to say it’s ONLY the fault of those who take the children and or adults and make them do these acts, I can’t. I feel as a society we could do more. Not only in our local community, but globally together. First, we need to teach our children at a young age- how to respect one and other. These kidnapers have no respect for human life at all! Second, if anyone sees something- to report it. Most people don’t speak up, because they do not want to get involved, or it’s not their “place’’ to. Third, our government needs to have harsher punishment on those who do these acts! I am not one who knows the law, but I do not feel that punishment on this is not that harsh. You are more likely to serve more time on having weed v. pimping out a child. I do know that is an extreme example, but I think it is a fairly true statement. I do feel we could solve this matter. It will take a lot of time, and a lot help from all. The kidnappers, to the pimp, and to those who receive any form of service from these acts- should be locked up. To me there is no excuses on making anyone have sex with someone, more so a child!
-Caroline Williams

Michael Delice said...

Human traffic something that America can’t quite out its finger on yet. There’s so much power behind this business is like a train running with no brakes on. Another thing with human traffic is when it comes down to making money some people will do any and everything they can to get their share no matter what. I can say if the police happen to catch someone that’s committing such acts to put them in jail no matter what, but believe or not those people are very hard to catch because sometimes it might be a father or a mother that’s dealing away them children for those types of transactions. The most famous scenarios is when a girl run away from home and she’s in the streets doing whatever she can to make ends meet so she can have a place to stay. That girl will do anything to for her head to stay above water. The people that’s building the problems get a huge boost from the people they having doing it because they make them believe there’s no other way for them to survive. Single mother’s sometimes will do about any and everything to put a meal on the table for their children at the end of the day. With that stated this is a huge problems that America has, in other for us to get some help to solve those issues we gone need both side to corporate, but we have to come up with something to help those people because if we can’t this cycle will keep on going and if we don’t help them who else will.