Ethos Argument: Poverty
Eng. Comp II
Traffic Jam: Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution
Imagine that it is a beautiful day outside and you decide to take your child out for a walk. With stores conveniently located on most corners and a neighborhood park nearby, the possibilities of where you can take your child is endless. As a parent it is pertinent to teach your child the basic rules to survival as early as the child can comprehend the lessons. These survival lessons vary from teaching them to look both ways before crossing the street, to sneeze away from their food, to wash their hands, and to never take candy from a stranger. Lessons like the few that I mentioned above barely open the book of how to survive in the world but still, parents find it comforting to supply tier children with such intentionally protective warnings. When these lessons are applied to your child’s daily routine and you as a parent have done all that you can do and somehow still find that every parents’ worst fear is to be confronted by you, you may question what you could have done differently. I wasn’t much older than eight years old when I decided to observe the post cards on the opposite side of the convenient store from my mother. I saw that she was distracted with the cashier so I made a run for the traveler’s memorabilia section. As I starred at the glossy 5x7 pictures of different states a man, tall and grey, broke my concentration before politely asking me if I would like to come pick out a piece of candy from a couple isles over. My mothers warning had been engrained into my thought process and I immediately ran for the cashier’s station. After slipping my hand into n my mothers, I observed as the unfamiliar candy man made his exit for the door furthest from the front of the store. As an eight year old with a shrinking attention span, I didn’t think much about the incident after having left the corner store market. I probably never would have mentioned to my mother that I was offered a piece of candy from a stranger until I recognized a photo of that same man displayed on the nightly news a few days later. The generous candy donor had gone missing with another little girl relatively close to my age and the last time he was seen was the night my mother and I had stopped for gasoline and refreshments on the way back from visiting family in a nearby town. Even then, young and reckless, I was aware of my surroundings. I had even felt a sense of remorse for this missing girl. I had to tell my mother about my encounter with the candy donor in order to aid in the return of Allison Greely. My mother never took her attention off of me for more than a few hours ever again. Even today, after moving to another state for college, my mother still calls to check in with me about my location. Regrettably, Allison Greely never made it back home to her family or her stuffed animals. She was found dead over 50 miles north of where the convenient store was located. Though Allison wasn’t kidnapped to fight someone else’s war with firearms, she was subject to human trafficking and only God knows what she was forced into doing before her death. Allison’s parents will never know my story. And I will never get the opportunity to know Allison but I will always carry the incident with me as a lesson to never be forgotten. The tragedy of Allison Greely’s death happened over nine and a half years ago and still everyday parents are confronted by their worst fear in all parts of the world. Article 3, paragraph (a) of the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime: Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, defines human trafficking in three constituent elements. The first element is what is done, better known as the act. This includes: recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons. Contrary to some misconceptions, human trafficking crimes do not require any smuggling or movement...
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