Why Is Human Trafficking Wrong?

Southern Asia. A land that holds rich culture and tradition, exotic flavors, and one of the world’s biggest movie industries: Bollywood. At least that is what comes to most people’s minds when they think about this country. Many times, it can go unnoticed that India also has one of the biggest human trafficking industries in the world. Everyday human beings are being thrown from one country to another, wondering how long they are going to be trapped in the system. However, human trafficking is not just subject to India. It is a global industry that is tearing the lives of individuals and families apart and is an epidemic that needs to be talked about.

Human trafficking is a business where individuals, usually young women, are transported from one location to another to be used as slaves. Usually, these innocent children are kidnapped at an early age and are quickly processed through the system and can be sent to other countries to be sold and traded. Other times, a person can be tricked into the trafficking industry because he/she is in a tuff situation and a trafficking handler will promise a way out. In most cases, these individuals are used as either sex slaves or as sources of free labor by the handler. The conditions that these helpless children and young individuals are thrown into are completely inhumane. The sex slavery side of human trafficking is most well-known for the deplorable way that they treat the women and men (primarily women) they kidnap. The women that individuals buy are often sent to prostitution rings and are given away to multiple clients each night. These women are constantly abused by each of the clients and are brutally beaten if they disobey their handler.

However, the pain and trials that these women face do not just stop with the outrageous acts that clients and handlers inflict. Because these women and young girls are forced to see multiple clients a night, they are susceptible to multiple sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, which can become a death sentence if it develops into AIDS. These women and young girls are also very likely to become pregnant, which is especially sickening to think about when a large percentage of these girls are under the age of 18 (in many cases, these girls can be in the age range of 8-12). This means that human trafficking not only affects the life of one person but also affects the life of the baby. The baby may contract the viruses that its mother contracted, and there is a very low chance that the baby will survive in an environment where there is little regard for human life. If these trafficked women are lucky enough to escape, the intolerable struggles do not just cease. The psychological problems that come along with experiencing something as traumatizing as human trafficking can completely take over a victim’s life. These individuals may contract Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and may be forced to relive the excruciating memories from their time trapped inside the human trafficking industry. Others may develop trust issues that can prevent them from forming close relationships out of fear that they will be betrayed again. This ultimately leads to a life of isolation and the feeling of loneliness. This paired with the horrific memories can push victims over the edge to where they have frequent mental breakdowns and may even contemplate suicide.

Despite the prevalence of human trafficking in the world, many times it goes unnoticed. It is especially easy to fall victim to the idea that it is just something that happens overseas. Human trafficking is very real, and it happens frequently in the United States as well. It is something that can no longer be swept under the rug. Young women and even men are being taken advantage of every day and being exploited and abused for the sake of money. We must make more people aware of this evil so that these individuals can be saved out of the human trafficking system.