In modern America many people are led to believe that human trafficking is merely an isolated problem. I know personally when discussing human trafficking the first thing that pops in to my mind is that it only occurs in foreign countries. In 2010 my opinions on that changed. In my hometown of Richmond, Virginia a story broke about police uncovering 12 human trafficking houses where illegal women immigrants were being forced in to sexual intercourse against their will. This showed that human sex trafficking is not only in the states, but it is a lot closer to home then expected.
Human sex trafficking is becoming a big problem in not only the states, but the world. Sources say human trafficking is a 40-billion dollar a year industry world-wide. Human trafficking is a hard crime to get good statistics on because there is so much fear in the victims to come forward and the traffickers are usually very well hidden. Women are usually the ones taking in to trafficking crimes. They are unable to defend themselves and many of the women are immigrants in a foreign country with no resources to receive help. Women then are basically sold for sex and then receive very little if any payment in return for their sexual actions. Many women are raped repeatedly to make sure they understand their male attackers are in control. It is like the women are treated as property and not a human being.
Human trafficking has a lot of similarities to what is being taught in this course. A particular similarity stood out to me in the Bonvillain readings in week 5. Chapter two had some examples about how men regularly used sex with their wives to sweeten a deal. The men would offer sex with their wives as a way of forming friendships or to become trade partners with other men. In Inuit communities men brought their wives aboard foreign ships in order to get higher quality goods. In the reading it is said that the Inuit women had little to no say in the matter, they just had to do what their husbands ordered them to do. This seems highly similar to human trafficking in the modern world. Trafficking incidents are strong examples of male dominance over women. If the men viewed the women as equals situations of human trafficking would not be occurring.
Human trafficking is a crime that truly needs to be stopped. There are a lot of people who are viewing the issue as a modern-day slavery. The world has come to far and become to modern to still allow such brutal acts to occur. Crimes like this really help me look back and see that tough we view our self as humans at our core we are still animals capable of disgusting things. Resources need to be put in to place to ensure this issues is diminished and eventually destroyed.