Human Trafficking Is Entrenched in American History. The American Colonists were involved in the kidnapping of African men, women and children from the Continent of Africa. These victims were forced under chattel into slavery, beaten, raped, forced to breed with other slaves, traded, sold, sold into brothels, and families were destroyed. For Americans, human trafficking dates back to the Colonies through the Revolutionary War and on into the 1800’s when the Civil War erupted. Obviously, the ill effects of slavery have continued because this country has had a long history of inequality, racism and social injustice into present day.
The crime of human trafficking continues to exists in the United States and in almost every country in the world. It is associated with transnational criminal organizations, small criminal networks and local gangs, and violations of labor and immigration codes. More recently, Human Trafficking has been defined to include other types of force, fraud, or coercion for sexual & forced labor exploitation. A lot of the American people are under the false impression that most human trafficking victims are transported across international boundaries into the United States. However, contrary to these false beliefs, many trafficking victims are in fact United States Citizens.
Trafficking in persons shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or 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 or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.