Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Crime Syndicate Human Trafficking: A Fast Growing Industry

Human trafficking is a lucrative industry that is controlled by crime syndicates who are in cahoots with corrupt politicians and law enforcement authorities.

In fact, it is the world's fastest growing organized crime that has remained unsolved for many generations now. As a result, this criminal act has destroyed the lives of millions of innocent victims, including children, who were either duped, forced or sold, by reason of poverty, to work as prostitutes in brothels, child laborers or slaves in big farms.

Statistics shows that at least 20.9 million people are trafficked each year.  Sexual abuses account 22 percent of this total. In America alone, an estimated 100,000 innocent girls, aged 12 to 14, have become victims of human trafficking. This illegal trade has generated about US$22 million in online sex transactions annually. This figure doesn't include the revenues that could have been earned from street sex solicitation, using these young girls.

Second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable illegal industry in the world, the total annual revenue for trafficking in persons were estimated to be between USD$5 billion and $9 billion in 2004, a Wikipedia report said. But the International Labor Organization (ILO) estimated the annual global profits of trafficking to have reached $31.6 billion in 2005. But some critics said the figures were grossly inflated for the purpose of international advocacy.

 As part of his crusade, prior to the forthcoming elections, President Barack Obama has committed to issue a policy that will strengthen the government's resolve to end human trafficking across the globe.

In 2000, the United Nations adopted in Palermo, Italy, the Trafficking Protocol, otherwise known as the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress  and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children. It is the first global, legally binding instrument on trafficking in over half a century and the only one that sets out an agreed definition of trafficking in persons, that is attached to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.

Under its provisions, the Protocol defines human trafficking 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 services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs."

Despite the strict issuance of protocols in agreement with other countries, many people are asking as to why the illegal trafficking of humans is still proliferating? Of course, there are no immediate solutions to this societal malady. it has been around for many decades, and the traffickers are always advanced in creating strategies  that will outwit effective plans of government operatives. And apprehending the criminals was even made more difficult in situations where the human traffickers had established rapport with government authorities, in exchange for huge bribes.

Thanks to Randolph Altarejos.

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