Human trafficking has increased in the United States due to the exposure of young women today and the desire for power and money by their traffickers. Since 2000, the age of prostitutes has decreased and the demand for a younger victim has increased, as supported by statistics. Human trafficking has increased due in part by a lack of communication between teens and their parents; and an increase in electronic communication with the outside world. Statistics on human trafficking have skyrocketed because sex abuse was not reported until around the late 1980’s and early 1990’s (Divoire). Sex abuse was not considered illegal until the PROTECT Act (Prosecutorial Remedies and Other Tools to End the Exploitation of Children Today) of 2003 was established. “This law intends to protect children from sex abuse and exploitation, a common element of child human trafficking” (Human Trafficking Laws & Regulations). Until a few decades ago, sex abuse was considered a family problem, not illegal. Human trafficking involves vulnerable adolescents and takes the form of forced prostitution, labor, and domestic servitude. Sex trafficking can happen anywhere; houses, vehicles, hotel rooms, escort services, bars and strip clubs, in the streets, truck stops and other countries. Sex trafficking can happen to all ages of people, but young females are the most prevalent. If teenagers, parents and society are made more aware of this danger, human trafficking can be stopped or semi-controlled. Awareness of this issue continues to increase.
“Get in the bedroom already and take off your clothes!” The obscene pimp ordered the panic-stricken young girl. The girls blue eyes crying “But I want to go home to my family! Please let me go! Please! I won’t tell anyone, I swear!” Her kidnapper has had enough with her pleading. “There is a man in there waiting for you; he has paid a lot of money for you to entertain him. You will do as I say or your mommy will be dead tonight. The choice is up...
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