Social Issue: Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States

Social Issue and Importance

Human trafficking is a global issue which affects all types of people and is a serious problem with multiple facets.  This international, national, and local issue is far from being eradicated. Human trafficking is a form of organized crime generating a profit of 38 billion estimated annually. This crime is perceived as modern day slavery; these women and children are robbed of their dignity, freedom, and justice.

The public at large are not aware of the seriousness of this issue and its implications on human rights.  Public awareness campaigns need to be launched and information disseminated widely through all forms of communication. The efforts to combat and prevent trafficking in persons require the support and cooperation of all sectors.  It is also important for the awareness campaign to be coordinated while adopting a multi-sector approach between government agencies, NGOs, international organizations, and community groups in order to obtain collective and positive responses and actions.

The United States Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines Trafficking in Persons as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.

Target Audience

For this campaign that we are working on, the specific target audience are Salisbury University students, faculty, and staff.

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