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Opinion Editorial: Human Trafficking

Supply and demand are the driving force behind human trafficking. Whether it is forced labor or forced prostitution, there are people willing to pay big money for it. The criminals behind this world-wide underground atrocity are profiting in a multibillion-dollar way! Often, those who are rescued from inhumane trafficking situations are fearful of providing names of those who are responsible. Victims are afraid of retaliation and in some cases, retaliation ends in death.

So, how can human trafficking be effectively dismantled? Can it be dismantled? Exactly who are the people behind it (the supply)? Who are the people paying for it (the demand)? Are people mindful enough to notice crimes like this in their neighborhoods? Illegal services from human trafficking are sought after by those living in wealthy, middle class, and lower income communities. You may be surprised to know that human trafficking happens right here in the United States. Look at the U.S. Department of State 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report to learn more about this global threat.

In conclusion, I would like you to ask two people today "What do you know about human trafficking?" and hear their answers. I believe to get to the root of this problem there must be readily available resources for those who are most vulnerable. Human traffickers' prey on those who are in financial, social, or domestic distress. Educating communities through increased marketing and resources can help fight this global threat. Increasing awareness at the national level will shed light on this dark illegal business. Learn about human trafficking and what you can do to help by visiting the Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign website.

- Written by Dri with CvvEntertainment™

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