Prevention Of Human Trafficking Of Children

Human trafficking is a daily occurrence. It has dramatically increased in time and is thus affecting people who are least suspecting to fall prey to it. Human trafficking has become the second biggest and second fastest growing criminal industry, drug crimes taking the first place. In every 2,515 people who are being trafficked, children take up half the quantity. Children are the most vulnerable to trafficking. Children fall prey to false promises of job opportunities. Many who accept offers from what appears to be a legitimate source, find themselves in situations where their documents are destroyed, threatened with harm or they are bonded by a debt that they have no chance of repaying. Child victims of trafficking are transported and for exploitation purposes. They maybe threatened to work in shops, construction sites, on farms, restaurants or in homes as domestic servants. Or worse, they may even be forced to work as child beggars, in wars as war soldiers, in brothels and strip clubs or for escort and massage services.

The biggest cause of this vice is poverty. Ironically, the poorer one is, the more unsafe he is. It has been witnessed that almost always, kids from families of dismal poverty are trafficked. Poverty leads to desperation and this desperation makes them easy victims of trafficking. Also, countries with lack of political and economic stability make way for trafficking. This gives us the picture that human trafficking is prevalent in third world countries. However, its presence lurks on the streets of more progressive nations.

With the rise of trafficking crimes, fortunately organizations which help prevent trafficking are also on the rise all over the world. Actions done by governments and non-government organizations have greatly reduced trafficking and have protected the most susceptible to it. By implementing laws and ordinances to serve as an end to the illegal deed. People who involve themselves with full knowledge of the laws and the impact on culprits, will be punished. The United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking, especially of women and children aims to establish a clearly defined international standard regarding trafficking cases. Some NGOs have implemented measures to provide for the physical, psychological and social recovery of trafficked children.

Eradication of this cancer to the society doesn’t happen over night. The toughest anti-trafficking regulation can be ineffective without the local small scale support. With collective effort nothing is impossible. The eradication of slavery worldwide in the 19th century is an example of this. If it has been done once, it can surely be done yet again.