Essay about Human Trafficking And Modern World

1417 Words Oct 16th, 2015 6 Pages
“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.” So said William Wilberforce, a British politician whose principal platform was the abolition of slavery. This quote is a perfect illustration of the modern view of human trafficking, because many people know it happens, but do nothing about it. We like to turn our heads and pretend like nothing is happening to people, when in reality their lives are being destroyed as I speak to you right now. According to the Polaris Project, an organization devoted to ending human trafficking, it is estimated that 21 to 29 million people are slaves in the modern world. That number makes up roughly .3% of the world’s population. Human trafficking or modern slavery is a serious epidemic in the modern world that is frequently forgotten by the media, because as I said earlier, we don’t want to think about it. Many people want to think slavery is a thing of the past, but this is far from the truth. The fact that slavery is prominent in so many countries -- and is legal in in four nations -- is absolutely horrific. In a rapidly advancing world, one would believe that the crimes that humankind has committed would be moving towards resolution once and for all. However, it seems we cannot move past our innate violent tendencies. Human trafficking is a terrible travesty that we can examine in three ways: the many facets in which it exploits people, how traffickers collect their victims, and how the industry…

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