Essay on Child Labour and Human Traffickin

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World Issues
The Neglect of Human Rights;
An Inside Look at Human Trafficking and Child Labour

The Neglect of Human Rights;
An Inside Look at Human Trafficking and Child Labour

Child Labour is a major concern in the eyes of today’s human right groups, partly due to the popularity of mega companies taking their factories overseas. Brands such as Nike and Adidas who have moved factories into China to increase profits as a result of the cheap labour and often child labour that are used in these factories. Although child labour is the main concern towards human rights today, human trafficking is still a major issue in the world. A lot like how the black slave trade that once took place, human trafficking is an underground business that often goes unnoticed. Human trafficking or also referred to as the ‘white-slave trade’ is often believed to be a dead crime or a very small problem in the world. Those who do recognize the tragedy of human trafficking taking place often feel it’s for the use of prostitution, which is a huge motive behind human trafficking but is not the only form. Both child labour and human trafficking are perceived differently across the world with very little that can be done to prevent these tragedies. The lack of concern for human rights is a problem larger than any human rights organization and most governments that do recognize the problem cannot afford the funding or manpower to enforce stronger laws. Both child labour and human trafficking are illegal business’s, which makes all facts estimates and open for discussion.

Human Trafficking

Overview - Social
A western world perspective towards human trafficking is very oblivious, as it is seen as a crime that is no longer taking place. The United Nations 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.
There is an estimated 2.5 million people in the world who are caught in the trafficking with eighteen thousand of them sold into the United States each year with an even greater number trafficked out of the country. Majority of those trafficked are women, with the generality being from the eastern hemisphere, countries such as Russia, China and within the United Arab Emirates along with various European nations. Human trafficking is a much larger problem in the world then the majority of the population recognizes, it is happening across the world from the developed to the developing. The social view of the world is commonly in favour of human rights and the development with in countries lacking but human trafficking tends to go unnoticed. This is partly due to the fact it is an illegal business that occurs underground and often goes unnoticed by law enforcements and ultimately the media.

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Motives -Social
Prostitution is the most common motive behind human trafficking but is not the only. Although prostitution accounts for an estimated of anywhere from 50-79% of the ‘white-slave trade’, adoption and globalization are also recognized motives. There is an incredible opportunity for financial gain by kidnapping children into orphanages to be put up for adoption. In many developing countries, especially those in Africa there are children being put up for adoption without their parents consent or even recognition. The third most common motive behind human trafficking, although very rare is the use in labour. Globalization is often used to manipulate those in difficult situations to agree to move on into what they believe will be a better life. They are then sold into…