Human trafficking is the most horrible, yet unnoticed, crime of this century. Perhaps it is the most unnoticed crime because it comes in various forms. Boys and girls may be trafficked for uses of labor, sex, house cleaners, cooks, and even organ harvesting. Young boys are typically trafficked for labor uses, but they can be used for any form of human trafficking. Young girls are more commonly used in the sex traffic trade.
According to 55 Little Known Facts about Human Trafficking, “The FBI estimates that over 100,000 children and young women are trafficked in America today. They range in age from nine to 19, with the average being age 11.” It has been mastered by many traffickers making top dollar for their slaves, has horrible effects on slaves emotionally and physically, and the trade practices are closer to home than most people realize, considering Toledo is a major city involved in human trafficking.
It is nearly impossible to count the actual number of boys and girls currently being trafficked. The most heartbreaking part about human trafficking is that in many countries families are happy to give up their children to strangers in hopes their children will be given a better life. According to A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery, Ben Skinner states, “All it takes is the promise that the child will be well-nourished and educated.” If parents are given this promise, they will do anything for their children and happily give them up, but little do they know they will be beaten daily, sexually and physically abused.
According to Human Trafficking and Slavery, traffickers buy their slaves for as cheaply as possibly to either sell them for even more money down the road or for the fact they could be sick or injured during enslavement. Slave masters quickly make their money back and continue to do the crime unnoticed.
Sara Kettler is a College Credit Plus student at Edison State Community College. She will be attending Wright State University, Lake Campus, to major in nursing.