I300 student Kevin King writes on recent human trafficking articles in the New York Times:
Human trafficking as a profitable trade is second only to the illegal trafficking of drugs across the world. It comes in many shapes and sizes ranging from the exploitation of migrant workers to the use of child workers/soldiers in the developing nations particularly that of Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Even in the United States of America, human trafficking is a glaring issue because of the permanent media attention on the plight of illegal immigrants to our nation. We can harness our political, socio-economic, and cultural unity to promote the humane treatment of all people including migrant workers and other oppressed groups by taking actions that resemble our beliefs.
In U.S. Gives Thailand and Malaysia Lowest Grade on Human Trafficking, the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons released a 2014 report that showcased the decline in human trafficking progress in both Thailand and Malaysia. Both nations have suffered setbacks in tackling human trafficking particularly that of migrant workers due to governmental corruption and apathy. Tier 3 designation as assigned to Thailand and Malaysia by the State Department means that the U.S. withholds certain aid packages and cultural exchanges until further progress on combating human trafficking is observed. Recently, Thailand’s junta regime has granted more economic amnesty to migrant workers from Cambodia and Malaysia has attempted to investigate its own human trafficking issue through third-party assistance.
A recent article titled U.N. Report Shows an Increase in Trafficking of Children states the rise in child trafficking cases is rather alarming because more than one out of three human trafficking victims are children and within that two out of every three child victims is a young female. Human trafficking rings across the globe operate without regard to international and national laws banning the selling and buying of human slaves. One troubling current event is the abduction of children in order to acquire media attention and ransom money in the process by militant groups like Boko Haram in Nigeria. Modern slavery is far worse than the general public believes because human trafficking operates in the shadows of the globalized economy where human trafficking law enforcement is nonexistent and ill-equipped in combatting human traffickers head-on.
U.S. Gives Thailand and Malaysia Lowest Grade on Human Trafficking by David Moll on June 20th, 2014
U.N. Report Shows an Increase in Trafficking of Children by Rick Gladstone on November 24, 2014
The United States government recently released a document with their plans to combat human trafficking. They list “ten strategic objectives” which are:
- “ Investigate and prosecute traffickers and dismantle the criminal networks that perpetrate trafficking in persons.
- Enhance victim identification and the provision of relief and services for all victims of trafficking.
- Enhance training of stakeholders, including civil society, law enforcement, and government officials, to increase identification of victims.
- Encourage foreign governments to combat trafficking through international diplomacy and engagement.
- Forge and strengthen partnerships and other forms of collaboration to counter trafficking in persons.
- Fund domestic and international anti-trafficking programs focusing on victim identification, prevention, and outreach.
- Integrate anti-trafficking components into relevant government programs.
- Promote public awareness about modern slavery.
- Spur innovation and improve capacity to combat modern slavery through data collection and research.
- Gather and synthesize actionable intelligence to increase the number of domestic and international trafficking prosecutions.”
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