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Forced Into Chains

By Brandon Gibson
“In Asia, home of twothirds of the world’s bonded
slaves, a person may spend an
entire lifetime paying off a debt
as low as 37 U.S. dollars” (Tran
3). Sadly, this happens
frequently throughout the world,
and many have been tricked
into this trap. Human trafficking
and modern slavery are a truly
dreadful issue that still happens
today. Many people who fall
into modern slavery or human
trafficking thought they were
going to do average work such
as factory workers and store
clerks.

Places and
Numbers
Many people think that
cruel treatment of people such
as human trafficking or modern
slavery don’t happen today, but
human trafficking and slavery
are still shockingly common in
the world. New York Times
suggest that as many as
100,000 slaves are in the US
and 27 million worldwide in
2011. This means that there are
still 27 million people in the
world forced to do labor, with
little to no opportunity to have
freedom of choice. Of these 27
million worldwide, as many as 2
million children are victim to
human trafficking, and 15,000
to 18,000 of them are in the US

(States Fight Sex Trafficking of
Kids). This means that 2 million
children are growing up forced
to work or live in the sex trade,
even in the United States, which
is supposed to
be the land of
the free.
Human
trafficking and
slavery do, as
most would
assume,
happen more
often or to a
larger majority
of people in
underdeveloped
countries.
Mauritania has the highest
percent of its population in
slavery with 140,000 – 160,000
of its people in slavery (New
Estimate: 30 Million ‘Modern
Slaves’ exploited worldwide).
With a population of about
3,900,000 people, Mauritania
has 4% of its population in
slavery. This means that if you
lived in Mauritania you would
most likely know someone in
slavery, which is ridiculous if
you think about that chance in a
place like the United States.
Haiti, however, has the most
child slaves, and India has the
most total slaves without
relation to population (New
Estimate: 30 Million ‘Modern
Slaves’ exploited worldwide).
To most people it seems unreal
to think that somewhere as
close as Haiti could have large
amounts of child slaves. The
only country without antislavery laws is North Korea.

Laws &
International
Response
Many countries try to stop
this, and there is a international
response to this issue. In the US
alone, 220 bills address human
trafficking; for example bills like
The Victims of Trafficking and
Violence Protection Act, and
almost every country in the
world have bills like it (States
Fight Sex Trafficking of Kids &
Tran). Nearly country
recognizes that human
trafficking is an issue, and has
taken steps to try and prevent
this. However, some less
wealthy countries don’t have
the money to enforce this, which
creates bigger a victim count.
The US has taken
extensive measures to prevent
human trafficking. All 50 states
have outlawed human
trafficking with Washington to
be the first; twenty-four bills in
11 states expand services for
victims (States Fight Sex
trafficking of kids). With all the
laws and the ability to enforce
them, the US has made it
increasingly difficult for human
trafficking. If every country
made the same effort to
eradicate human trafficking and
slavery, then the amount of
people suffering from this
tragedy would dramatically
decrease.
Many other countries,
however, have also made large

efforts to stop human trafficking
and slavery. Places like Georgia,
Philippines, Jamaica, and
Macedonia have made strong
efforts to stop human trafficking
(Sifferlin). These countries try
to force out slavery and human
trafficking, but with some
countries they either can’t or
choose not to enforce trafficking
laws.

Organizations &
Ways to help
There are many
organizations trying to stop
human trafficking also.
Some of these many
organizations include Angels of
Mercy, UNICEF, and Free the
Slaves (Video: Stop Human
Trafficking & Tran). These
organizations fight to raise
awareness of human trafficking
and modern slavery. In these
organizations people can play
their part in the fight against
human trafficking.
There are many ways for
people to help the fight against
human trafficking and modern
slavery. Angels of Mercy
encourage people to step up
with the fight against human
trafficking, and also send
women on mission trips to help
stop human trafficking (Video:
Stop Human Trafficking). These
organizations try to affect
somebody’s life by going on a
mission trip and talking about it
with the general population.

With people trying to make a
difference, the amounts of
slaves and human trafficking
victims will hopefully decrease
through time.
With laws and
organizations trying to make a
difference and people joining
the fight against human
trafficking there will hopefully
be an end to this appalling
issue. Many people still think
that slavery no longer exists in
the world. But with
organizations like Angels of
Mercy more and more people

will hopefully realize that
slavery hasn’t been removed
from the world, and that there
has to be steps to fight modern
slavery and human trafficking.
If no one does anything more to
stop this someone you know
could be the next victim.

Works Cited
Sifferlin, Alexandra. “36 Million People Live in Modern Slavery, Report
Says.” Time. Com (2014): N.PAG. Academic Search Premier. Web.
26 Jan. 2015.
“Slavery in the Modern Age.” New York Times 02 July 2011:18.
Academic Search Premier. Web. 23 Jan. @015.
“States Fight Sex Trafficking of Kids.” State Legislatures 40.6 (2014): 5:
Academic Search Premier. Web. 26 Jan. 2015.
Tran, Jonathan. “Sold Into Slavery.
(Cover Story).” Christian Century
124.24
(2007): 22-26. Academic Search Premier. Web. 29 Jan.
2015.
“Video: Stop Human Trafficking.” Local Broadcast Video Content 27
Aug. 2014. Student resource in context. Web. 27 Jan. 2015.