In on it, I completely agree. As

In the Baylor Lariat article “Don’t ignore
the signs of sex trafficking”, the author emphasizes the importance of teaching
the community how to recognize sex trafficking. The article also includes
general facts and how Baylor is helping to stop this heart-breaking issue. I
strongly agree with the authors statement that sex trafficking is modern-day
slavery, it greatly effects a person mentally and physically, hence everyone
should be educated on how to prevent it.

Every 30 seconds, another individual becomes
a victim of human trafficking. Which means every year, according to the US
State Department, around 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across
international borders, of which 80% are female and half are children. This awful act is now the second largest
criminal industry worldwide, after drug trafficking, and the fastest growing
criminal industry. The International Labor Organization
estimates that forced labor and human trafficking is a $150 billion
industry worldwide. Knowing how dominant this issue is in the world today made
me agree even more with the author that this issue has be stopped.

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In the
article, the author stated that “sex trafficking is basically modern-day
slavery”. After reading this statement and reflecting on it, I completely agree.
As defined by Homeland Security, human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or
coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Fox News analyzed that just as the
old-world slave trade took advantage of market forces to scale their business,
today, human traffickers use technology to scale theirs. Slave markets used to
be a place where slaves are bought and sold, potential buyers would careful
examine slaves before purchase. Though since the 1860s, the presence of public
physical slave markets isn’t as common as the olden days, a new platform to
still conduct this distressing transaction took place. Modern technology
platforms such as baclpage.com host open slave markets that make it as easy for
traffickers to sell women and children as it is for you to order a pizza. Could
you imagine, the same way we press order to our pepperoni pizza, a buyer out
there did click the same button but instead for children and women. These
technology platforms have expanded, outpacing legislation. This reality proves
that human trafficking is basically modern-day slavery and should not be
tolerated any longer.

In the
article, the author did not touch on the psychological and mental effects of
sex trafficking, but I think understanding the effects on a victim is very
important. The stronger we know how severe the effects might be, the stronger our
will would be to fight the cause.  It’s easy to forget when living a happy
normal lifestyle, not noticing that people out there, our age or more so even a
lot younger are being treated with violence,
threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to engage in
commercial sex acts against their will. Survivors of
sex trafficking tell stories of daily degradation of mind and body. Many suffer severe emotional
trauma, including symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and
disassociation. They are at greater risk of contracting sexually transmissible
infections, including HIV/AIDS. Many become pregnant and are forced to undergo
often unsafe abortions. Finding out these facts really broke my heart, it made
me thought what did these innocent children and women do to deserve being
treated this way? Human trafficking should be prevented in any cost.

In the article, the author
could not stress further the “importance of educating students about this
awful act that takes place right underneath our eyes”. Though I think knowing
how to prevent and reporting sexual trafficking is important, taking greater
action will make a great difference. Join
or establish a university club to raise awareness about human trafficking and initiate action throughout your local
community. I want to encourage the reader to never think that one person will not
make a difference.  This reminds me of
the time I attended the GINDO conference, a conference for high school students
where motivational speakers share their experience in their fields. One of the
speakers is a young girl with a large heart, her name is Faye Simanjuntak. She
is the founder of Rumah Faye in 2013, an organization dedicated to protecting
children from sex trafficking. The organization grew to the point
where it was able to open its own safe house on Batam, one of the island
in Riau, Indonesia. Faye’s contribution to children’s rights in
Indonesia shows that the younger generation are indeed capable of making an
impact to the larger community.

“Sex trafficking is pretty
much modern day slavery and should not be tolerated any longer.” said the author. Sex trafficking can happen anywhere, by and to anyone. It significantly
effects the victim physically and mentally hence everyone should be taught from
a young age that this should not be tolerated. It is a crime that should not be
ignored. Take action now and make a change.

 

“stolen people, stolen
dreams.”

Stop human trafficking today and forever.