The illegal trade and exploitation of human beings for forced labor, prostitution and reproductive favors is termed human trafficking. Human trafficking is a transnational phenomenon and is second only to the international drug trade in relation to organized crime. By some estimates, it is a multi-billion dollar business affecting several million people in virtually every country across the globe. It is equated with a modern day version of slavery.
According to the Trafficking Protocol adopted by the United Nations and cosigned by all UN members in the year 2000, human trafficking can be defined as the ‘recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt’ of person through force or coercion against their will for the purpose of prostitution, forced labor, and slavery. However, because human trafficking is a process and cannot be pinned down to a single act, it has been difficult to arrive at a universally accepted definition for it. The above is the only definition agreed to by all current UN members.
The exploitation and trade of human beings is the modern day equivalent of erstwhile practices of slavery, and as such, is an equally lucrative industry, generating global annual profits in excess of $30 billion. Human beings are generally traded for bonded, forced labor, or sexual exploitation. It is estimated that over 4 million people fall prey to trafficking every year. Women and children are the most vulnerable victims of trafficking, though increasingly, men are also being trafficked to work as unskilled labor in factories.
Human trafficking is a transnational phenomenon, even if a majority of the actors are third-world nations. The movement of people, illegally and against their will isn’t spatially confined to any particular geographic region, but affects virtually every country across the globe. And with increasing globalization, the extent of human trafficking has only increased manifold over the past decade, fuelled by a greater need for forced labor to meet a growing demand for cheaper goods in the developed world.
Thus, a combined, concentrated effort is needed to weed out this modern-day version of slavery. To consign this as a largely third-world phenomenon would be to understate and undermine the gravity and extent of this transnational crime.
Human Trafficking Thesis Statement Examples:
* As a transnational crime, human trafficking requires intense international co-operation to be curbed and controlled. To localize the problem to one particular region or nation would be to undermine any efforts to control it.
* Human trafficking is the modern day equivalent of slavery and must be recognized as such by the international community if this transnational crime is to be weeded out.
* Human trafficking is inherently tied to poverty and income disparity. Statistics and studies from the third-world prove that this is largely localized to the developing world.
* Human trafficking implies the sale and purchase of human beings as property. Consequently, it requires both a buyer and a seller. Any effort to curb and control human trafficking, thus, must focus on both these involved parties – a willing seller, and a motivated buyer.
* Human trafficking as a phenomenon is widespread even in the developed world. In the United States, for instance, more than 15,000 people are forced into the modern day equivalent of slavery every year. Even if this transnational crime has its roots in the developing world, its branches reach out to the first world as well.
* Legal measures taken to prevent human trafficking in the United Kingdom have failed drastically.
* Because of rampant poverty in Thailand the problem of human trafficking is growing rapidly.
* The magnitude of the problem of human trafficking between India and Nepal: Timely development plans are required for Nepalese women.
* Organized crime and sub-standard life in developed societies: The human trafficking syndicates in the United States.
* Natural disasters are responsible for the growth of trafficking in children: An analysis of the Haitian situation after a devastating earthquake in the year 2010.