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Human Trafficking Prevention

Allyicia Diggs-Hall, Writer

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Did you think slavery was over? It actually still happening all around you. There has been a 50% increase in sex trafficking cases from 2016 to 2017 in Ohio (US News). Human trafficking is the act of illegally transporting people different places for forced labor or commercial sex exploitation. When people are captured, they are typically drugged. These victims forcibly become addicted and dependent on these substances. The drugs make the victims easier to control because they are dependent on something that only the trafficker can give them.

Sex trafficking convictions are “grossly under reported”. People never think it could be them, but this offense is way more common than anyone might think. There was 277 convictions in Ohio last year.  Some of the people who are supposed to protect and save society are involved in facilitating sex trafficking (NBC4). Sheriff Grady Judd identified some of the offenders as “doctors and pharmacists, former and current law enforcement officers, a lawyer… “ and many more titles that society would never expect to take part in these activities the way they have. If some police officers are taking part in human trafficking, that means fewer officers on the job combating human trafficking which leads to the epidemic being under reported.  

This form of modern day slavery can happen to anybody. A once perceived innocent spot for shopping, browsing, or just hanging out with friends has become a major spot for human trafficking. The shopping mall is a very popular place for criminals to pick up their victims. They will put on an act to lure someone out of the mall and then abduct them, most commonly in the parking lot. Victims do not just get taken in private or secluded areas but in public spaces when nobody is paying attention i.e. store parking lots, undercover rings like a massage parlor, public restrooms, and public streets.

People need to be aware of their surroundings and try to not travel alone to protect themselves from predators. Paying attention to unusual behavior and being cautious when interacting with strangers are ways to reduce the chances of being human trafficked. A greater awareness of this issue in everyday society will lead to more safety for people and less success in the human trafficking ring.

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