Human Traffic

Human Trafficking
It is a common belief that human sex trafficking is a problem found only in countries with a high poverty rate. Human sex trafficking is a problem that is found not just nation-wide in the United States but on a global scale. Human sex trafficking involves victims that are transferred, recruited, transported, or became the receipt of another person for commercial sex purposes (Johns Hopkins University, 2000). The average victim of human sex trafficking is females under the age of eighteen (Johns Hopkins University, 2000). They become the victims of human sex trafficking for a number of reasons, such as being sold for money by their family, kidnapping, or promises of fame and fortune in the modeling industry (Johns Hopkins University, 2000). Victims of human sex trafficking are also coerced by fraud, deception, threats, or abuse (Johns Hopkins University, 2000). These victims are forced into sex slavery or prostitution until they become ill or contract the HIV/AIDS virus (Johns Hopkins University, 2000). The victim will then be tossed onto the streets where they are left for dead or they learn to provide for themselves on the streets. Behind this definition of human se trafficking is a history, social problems, and the general nature of the population which requires the intervention of human service workers world-wide to combat the problem.
History of Human Sex Trafficking
Human sex trafficking began in the early 1900’s as a form of forced labor or servitude. Poor families were in the need of money so the family would sell the woman and children of the family to obtain monetary compensation. Sex trafficking began with woman and children being kidnapped from their homes and being transported to unknown locations and forced into prostitution in order to pay off a debt owed by the family, which was usually the money that was paid to the family for the woman and children. Often, women were lured from their homes based on promises of success in...