As the world becomes smaller thanks to technological advances in communication and transportation, enterprises in general become bigger and more efficient. Unfortunately, this includes the human trafficking business. Human trafficking is the modern form of slavery, with illegal smuggling and trading of people, for forced labor or sex. Men and woman, boys and girls around the world find themselves in real slavery. The International Labor Organization (ILO) now estimates that the slavery industry is worth approximately $150 billion and that almost two-thirds of that annual profit ($100 billion) is from commercial sex slavery, according to Time.com. There are approximately 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today. Slaves are forced into many forms of servitude, including: prostitution, backbreaking labor in fields and factories, and used to creating pornography. These people are simply kidnapped from all over the world and forced to work. The United States of America is principally a transit and destination country for trafficking in persons. It is estimated that 14,500 to 17,500 people, primarily women and children, are trafficked to the U.S. to be sold, annually. However, Americans are not speared. Thousands of Americans are forced into slavery every year.Usually girls. Traffickers attract girls through the internet, posing as kind older woman, or desirable young men. They then lure them into a personal meeting, where the susceptible girl finds herself in a place where they are outnumbered, with nowhere to run and no one around to help and is overpowered and forced into slavery. According to reports,the place at the top of the trafficking list are San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Unfortunately, this story happens thousands of times a year. Many times, the poor girls are shipped to other countries, sold as slaves, never to be heard of again.
Imagine one of the trucks you drive by every day, is not filled with oranges or TVs, but with people, young Americans sitting in chains on their way to Mexico to be sold into a life of misery. That image is real. It’s happening all around us.
I write this article to make a proposal: make human trafficking a capital offense. Punish people who buy and/or sell people with the death penalty! Why this isn’t already the law is beyond me. In many ways, the crime is not only as bad as downright murder, it is worst. To murder is to end a life, to send someone into slavery is to steal a life. And, in addition to being a just punishment and strong deterrent, it gives law enforcement huge leverage over suspects who may have important information that can lead to slaves actually being saved.
If you agree, let’s make it happen. Talk to people, comment, get the message to powerful people in your state.