In emphasizes the importance of teaching the community


In the Baylor Lariat article “Don’t ignore
the signs of sex trafficking”, the author emphasizes the importance of teaching
the community how to recognize sex trafficking. the article also includes
general facts and how Baylor is helping to stop this heart-breaking issue. I
strongly agree with the authors statement that sex trafficking is modern-day
slavery, it greatly effects a person mentally and physically, hence everyone
should be educated on how to prevent it.

Every 30 seconds, another individual becomes
a victim of human trafficking. According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000
to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of
which 80% are female and half are children. Human trafficking is now the second largest criminal industry worldwide,
after drug trafficking, and the fastest growing criminal industry. The
International Labor Organization estimates that forced labor and human
trafficking is a $150
billion industry worldwide.  

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In the
article, the author stated that “sex trafficking is basically modern-day
slavery”. After reading this statement and reflecting on it, I completely agree.
As defined by Homeland Security, Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or
coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. In conjunction to how it is modern-day
slavery, Fox News analyzed that just as the old-world slave trade took
advantage of market forces to scale their business, today, human traffickers
use technology to scale theirs. Modern technology platforms host open slave
markets that make it as easy for traffickers to sell women and children as it
is for you to order a pizza. (transition)

(transition) In the
article, the author did not touch on the psychological and mental effects of
sex trafficking but I think understanding the effects on a victim is very
important. The stronger we know how severe the effects might be, the stronger will
our will be to fight the cause.  It’s easy to forget when living a happy
normal lifestyle, not noticing that people out there, our age or more so even a
lot younger are being treated with violence,
threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to engage in
commercial sex acts against their will. (or They
are often isolated, intimidated, sold into debt bondage and subject to physical
and sexual assault by their traffickers.) Survivors of sex trafficking
tell stories of daily degradation of mind and body. Many suffer severe emotional
trauma, including symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and
disassociation. They are at greater risk of contracting sexually transmissible
infections, including HIV/AIDS. Many become pregnant and are forced to undergo
often unsafe abortions. (transition)

(transition) In the article, the author
could not stress further the “importance of educating students about this
awful act that takes place right underneath our eyes”. Join or establish a university club to raise
awareness about human trafficking and
initiate action throughout your local community. I want to
encourage the reader to never think that one person will not make a
difference.  This reminds me of the time
I attended the GINDO conference, a conference for high school students where
motivational speakers share their experience in their fields. One of the
speakers is a young girl with a large heart, Faye
Simanjuntak. She is the founder of Rumah Faye in 2013, an organization
dedicated to protecting children from sex trafficking. Faye’s contribution to
children’s rights in Indonesia shows that the younger generation are indeed
capable of making an impact to the larger community. Learn the indicators
of human trafficking so you can help identify a
potential trafficking victim and report as legally required. It is also important to educate children
since they might not yet know what it is. Another great way to help stop this
awful act is to take action on your campus. (rearrange paragraph)

(transition) Sex trafficking can happen
anywhere, and anyone. Hence it is crucial to educate the community regarding
its saddening effect on victims and why it should greatly be prevented. “Sex trafficking is pretty much modern-day
slavery and should not be tolerated any longer.” (add more)


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