Human Trafficking Scope of the problem and social issues
macro practice perspective Human Trafficking
The United States defines human trafficking as follows, “All acts involved in the transport, harboring, or sale of persons within national or across international borders through coercion, force, kidnapping, deception or fraud, for purposes of placing persons in situations of forced labor ...view middle of the document...
The common denominator is the use of force, fraud, or coercion to exploit a person for profit. The U.S. estimates that there are around 800,000 people trafficked across national borders annually. The International Labor Organization estimates that at any one time in the world, 12.3 million people are held in modern day slavery of forced labor, bonded labor, forced child labor and sexual servitude (Department of State, 2009).
Human trafficking is a social problem that requires a complex solution. When we talk about human trafficking, we also mean the spread of poverty, segregation in the labor-market, etc. In the United States most of us cannot imagine selling our children for money this is what is happening in other countries. Women are being kidnapped and forced to work as prostitutes or slaves; even worse female children who should be playing with their dolls are being forced to into prostitution. The people’s human rights are being violated however there is little the human service workers can do. The government officials are corrupt and protect the criminal element.