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Proposal: Human Trafficking: A Modern Day Slavery

Do you think human trafficking is still occurring in today's society? The epidemic of human trafficking is one that has been around for years. It affects millions of people worldwide everyday. We overlook one of the most reoccurring issues in this day and age. It's time for a change. People need to wake up and notice the signs. We must fight for the people who can't fight for themselves. We must be the voice of the silenced. Make a difference and stand against human trafficking. 

The Issue

Problem Defined

Human trafficking is defined as the "action or practice of illegally transporting people from one country or area to another, typically for the purposes of forced labour or commercial sexual exploitation."

Background
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Timeline of Human TraffickingMORE

1400's

This was the general start of human trafficking. It began with the Portuguese sending people from Africa to Portugal to be used as slaves.

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1904MORE

An agreement for the suppression of white slavery was put into action. This helped to protect women of all ages from prostitution.

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2002MORE

The Polaris Project was founded. Today the project stands as a non-profit organization that brings awareness to human trafficking and it has its own hotline number to make reports of trafficking.

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2011MORE

Obama deemed January to be Human Trafficking awareness month. January 11th, 2011 is known as National Human Trafficking day where various events were held to bring awareness to this issue.

Sources
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Sex Trafficking

n.a. - Polaris Project (November 9, 2018)

https://polarisproject.org/human-trafficking/sex-trafficking

"...Polaris systemically disrupts the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom. Our model puts victims at the center of what we do – helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and leveraging data and technology to pursue traffickers wherever they operate."

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Child Exploitation

n.a. - Thorn (November 14, 2018)

https://www.wearethorn.org/child-sexual-exploitation-and-technology/

"We join forces with the sharpest minds from tech, non-profit, government and law enforcement. We work to stop the spread of child sexual abuse material and stand up to child traffickers."

As of 2017, 5,791 child sex trafficking victims were identified and they have rescued 103 children from sexual abuse situations.

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TRAINING IN TRAFFICKING: THE NEW WORLD OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION

n.a. - BillTrack50 (November 28, 2018)

https://www.billtrack50.com/blog/in-the-news/training-in-trafficking-the-new-world-of-human-trafficking-prevention/

"BillTrack50 is available for everyone to research state and federal legislation and legislators any time. Our goal is to help inform about what the government is doing, and to connect with their representatives to offer their insights and knowledge where and when they are needed."

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Rutger's University: Campus Coalition Against Trafficking

Yong, Patricia - Timeline of Human Trafficking (November 8, 2011)

http://www.eden.rutgers.edu/~yongpatr/425/final/timeline.htm

"RUCCAT is a Rutgers University student organization whose main goals are to raise awareness about human trafficking, which equates to modern-day slavery, and raise funds for organizations that work on the ground to liberate, rehabilitate, and advocate for victims of trafficking."

Authors

Allegany College of Maryland is a high quality, low-cost community college with its main campus set in the mountains of Maryland's Allegany County and a branch location in Pennsylvania's Bedford County. Enrolling over 3,000 credit students and logging nearly 14,000 continuing education registrations per year, our small, attentive college atmosphere engages students of all ages and backgrounds. Whether we're preparing students for career entry, readying students for transfer, or simply helping individuals rediscover their personal interests, we prepare students for lives of fulfillment, leadership, and service in our diverse, global society.



Sydney Crawford
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Linzi Emerick
Human Trafficking: A Modern Day Slavery - Allegany College of Maryland
I'm a resident of Allegany County my entire life. I graduated high school at Mountain Ridge then came to Allegany College of Maryland to study psychology.
Diane McMahon
Service Learning & Civic Engagement, Faculty Director; Associate Professor of Sociology - Allegany College of Maryland

The Solution

Proposed Actions
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ResourcesMORE

Shelter, food, water, and access to local resources should be available to victims once they are out of the possession of the trafficker. The funds would come from charities and donations from people everywhere sending money, food, clothes, blankets, etc to shelters that house those that have escaped the horrendous lives of being imprisoned physically and mentally by their

Although calling the police could save a person's life that is being trafficked, calling hotlines can also help when someone is being trafficked as well as spotting signs of trafficking happening around you. 

The number for the hotline is: 1 (888) 373-7888

To text: (Text "HELP" or "INFO") to 233733

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More Exposure and AwarenessMORE

When most people think of social injustices, human trafficking is most likely not at the top of the list. Human trafficking is happening everywhere, even in the United States. 

This graph is from 2016 which shows the number of cases in 24 states. There were 72 cases in Maryland and 127 in Pennsylvania. Although these figures are somewhat low compared to the estimated 20.9 million victims globally. According to the International Labour Organization, 68% of victims are in forced labor. 26% of them are children and 55% are women and girls.https://www.billtrack50.com/blog/in-the-news/training-in-trafficking-the-new-world-of-human-trafficking-prevention/

Expected Results
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A Decrease in the Amount of CasesMORE

With more recognition and exposure, alongside the added resources for victims that show them that there can be a way out, there will hopefully be a decline in the statistical representation of how many people are estimated to be trafficked not just in the United States, but internationally as well. With a decrease in victims, there will be an increase in survivors.

With more resources, the added protection will give victims hope that there are places to go once they are saved because there is more promotion of the hotlines and availability of aid. 

Budget

According to the Office of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the latest budget for 2018 was $23,755,000. There is already a set budget for the upcoming 2019 year with a figure of $26,755,000. These are submissions to Congress from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) that outline funding requests and the priorities. With this budget, the money should be used towards research and the resources that aid the victims of human trafficking. These resources should be seeking shelters once the victims are taken out of the trafficker's possession. From there, a portion of the money should go towards the necessities of life such as the shelter as stated before, water, food, clothing, or even taking out a proportion of the money to give them to set them off to start a new life that doesn't involve the mind control and threats that they once endured. 

Citation:

Budget. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.acf.hhs.gov/otip/about/budget

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