Human trafficking continues to be one of the world’s ethical challenges and dilemma. According to Aronowitz (2009), we currently live in a space where man has subdued and accepted to be controlled by the other. The continued enslavement and trade of humans in this modern age is a degenerating affair that the globe continues to face. Human trafficking, according to Shelley (2010), refers to the act of recruiting and harboring humans through force of false coercion to achieve a hidden purpose or benefit. The most common goals of human trafficking include sexual exploitation, domestic servitude and forced labor. Human trafficking epitomizes the cases of inequalities across the globe with human rights being overlooked, as victims of human trafficking freedom are subjected to coercive subjugation. The continued decry among nations worldwide for redress on the issue continue to fall short.
History of the issue
The advent of the issue of human trafficking can be traced back to the dark age of slavery, where colonialists enslaved millions of people for their gains. The effects of slavery can be seen and felt across the global economy with the uneven development in countries that acted as suppliers of labor. Slavery has been in existence long after the 19th century. With the continued calls to end slavery, the United States abolished the act in a landmark ruling in 1865. Years later, different nations adopted a similar stance on slavery, with most of them repealing the act altogether. For instance, Portugal banned slavery in 1875 and the eventual collapse of chattel slavery.
According to Logan et al. (2009), even though chattel slavery came to an end that did not mean a lot to slavery or the complete elimination of slavery either. Slavery morphed into modern-day slavery, where people were forcefully controlled and forced into labor. From 1945 on, there was a resurgence on the issue of slavery primarily due to the increased human population worldwide. The early and late ’90s marked a new start for the international market with different countries making trading agreements that favored developed and wealthy nations. Trade agreements such as the APEC and NAFTA are remembered to be highly based on an underdeveloped countries labor force that involved slave (Shelley, 2010). Human labor trafficking and the new modern-day form of slavery form a considerable part of our societies even though sex trafficking is also a key factor. Today, even though many people would argue that we have morphed and become better, the issue of human trafficking is still rooted within our societies (Shelley, 2010).
The current situation on human trafficking
With the novel, Covid-19 virus taking a toll on human lives, and the global economy, different illegal and criminal activities continue to evolve and take shape amid various safety precautions like stay-at-home and travel bans. Many activities, including human trafficking, have morphed to fit the current situation. According to Logan et al. (2009), many criminals are seeking different opportunities to exploit and expand their criminal activities. With billions of people affected and about 81 per cent of the labor force locked in at home, human trafficking is flourishing and thriving right under our noses. With the global economy crumbling at every corner, many people fall prey to both labor and sex trafficking (Shelley, 2010).
With healthcare initiatives and regulations being enforced amid the pandemic, many people would hope that the issue of human would be on the decline. Still, instead, the human trafficking industry has ballooned mostly when supply chains from other countries have been stopped. With children left at home and isolated from any authorities, most of them have fallen prey to online human traffickers and predators. According to Todres & Diaz (2010), children predators and offenders have adopted new strategies on how to exploit their idleness and lockdowns to exploit them. There has been an increasing amount of sexual imagery and content on social media.
What is your purpose of studying the issue?
What is being witnessed today is an unprecedented rise in the cases of human trafficking. With the current healthcare crisis, many people are falling prey to the issue with our children not being spared from the shame. There is a need for people to seek redress to the current state of affairs despite the economic situation that we are in. Law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders should pay close attention to what is happening. Multi stakeholders need to craft new solutions to a ravaged society and economy. I chose to study the issue because the lack of political will and critical players in positions of power has led to its continued expansion worldwide. There is a need for governments to realize that every human being has a right to life, and therefore they must safeguard that truth.
Organization that is related to the social issue
The organization that is related to this issue is the STOP THE TRAFFIK organization that was founded by Steve Chalk in 2006.The main purpose of the organization was to campaign against the increasing number of human trafficking worldwide. The organization was deigned to coincide with the abolition of the slave act of 1807.STOP THE TRAFFIK organization is a pioneer organization in dealing with human trafficking preventions. Through its different training forums and platforms, the organization helps inspire, inform, mobilize and equip communities to understand what human trafficking is and how it affects their lives.
The organization leverages both the power of technology and that of the people to prevent the increasing rampages and cases of human trafficking globally. Through the intelligence-led approach, STOP THE TRAFFIK organization provides detailed and articulated information on human trafficking trends. Also, through the information it empowers people and organizations to make better choices and identify hot spots. One of the major strides made by the organization in achieving its purpose was their match and activist actions in 2008 that petitioned the UN to consider the severity of the issue of human trafficking. Ever since then, the organization has created a safer environment where people are not traded like goods.
STOP THE TRAFFIK organization partners with different law enforcement agencies to ensure any cases of human trafficking are reported and prevented. The organization will help in dealing with the social issue identified herein because it aligns with its mission and purposes. The organization has created a huge impact within the human trafficking space and therefore it would be easier to help in finding viable solutions to the issue. Also, the organization has global partners across the globe that help provide funding and support to their missions. Through this significant partnership, the organization is capable of preventing the cases of human trafficking that has become more of a bane than a boom.
With technology transforming the lives of everyone within the globe, the organization uses the same to fight against human trafficking and help transform lives. Technological advances across the globe have enabled communities and individuals to create awareness using their devices at the comfort of their homes. STOP THE TRAFFIK uses geo-targeted campaigns within communities identified to be hot spots for human trafficking. Using data and human insight to ascertain different emerging trends within the community and how best they can prevent. Their campaigns strategies are delivered in collaboration with key partners across the globe. Churches, the media and businesses across the globe act as agents of promoting the fight against human trafficking. The organization also liaises with different organizations and corporates to offer bespoke training on human trafficking. The training program is designed to help create awareness among professionals on the need to be firm on issues to do with human trafficking.
STOP THE TRAFFIK Website analysis
The organization’s website employs the use of different rhetorical appeals and strategies to help people buy into their missions and goals. The organizations website is committed to creating awareness on the issue of human trafficking across the globe. The website focuses on three main people the human rights activist, the inactive person and the stakeholder. The main message on the website is the call for humans to stop human trafficking. There are a series of other messages listed on the front website that help provide a general view of what the organization does and what it intends to do and achieve. Also, the website presents different options from what the company does, their partners, their strategies and some of their notable achievements since their inception. Using rhetorical language and appeals, the website communicates the need for everyone across the globe to help stop the issue of human trafficking.
Different images are used to appeal to the viewer. First is the illustrations of different forms of human trafficking? The pictures are used to illustrate and explain what forms of acts constitute human trafficking. The images appeal to the emotions of the reader. Also, the website uses rhetorical language to appeal to the ethos of the viewer. The tone used in the language are commanding and informative often provoking the need for the viewer to understand. For instance, the statement, “Your donation is vital to enabling STOP THE TRAFFIK to combat human trafficking helps to appeal to one’s ethos and pathos.
Aronowitz, A. A. (2009). Human trafficking, human misery: The global trade in human beings. Greenwood Publishing Group.
Logan, T. K., Walker, R., & Hunt, G. (2009). Understanding human trafficking in the United States. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 10(1), 3-30.
Shelley, L. (2010). Human trafficking: A global perspective. Cambridge University Press.
Todres, J., & Diaz, A. (2020). COVID-19 and human trafficking—the amplified impact on vulnerable populations. JAMA pediatrics.