How should the Government help stop human trafficking?
There is a common misconception about human trafficking which is that it is only the trafficking of women for sex. This is not the case at all. Many people are naïve about human trafficking because it is a hidden, unspoken topic. Even though it is an extremely hard subject to discuss, congress would do well to pass a law requiring schools and places of employment to educate students/staff about human trafficking and it effects. They should also be educated on the signs that indicate someone is a victim of trafficking. The lack of education about the issue puts people at risk to be caught in the web of human trafficking before they know it. The effects on them are devastating. This criminal opportunity can come through meeting someone online, being drugged and kidnapped at a party/bar, or even being threatened. As well, congress should provide funding for safe houses and counseling for victims that have escaped. Safe houses and transitional houses already exist for victims but they are all nonprofit organizations. If there were government-funded safe houses, there would be a greater number of them that could provide safety. With safe houses and counseling, victims may be more comfortable coming forward, because the threat of being taken again or being shamed for what happened to them won't pose a risk. Lastly, all law enforcement should be aware of the indicators of trafficking so that they can identify the victims and have specific protocol to combat the issue. This will allow for less cases to go unsolved and for the protection of the victims.
Indicators of Human Trafficking
- Disconnected from family, friends, or community
- Stopped going to school or work
- Bruises in various stages of healing
- Person fearful, timid, or submissive
- Are they living in suitable conditions