Child trafficking is the process by which children are forcibly taken or coerced into working and other unfavorable conditions. This is a huge problem in the United States and in the world. Many people believe that child trafficking happens only in other countries, including many Asian nations and in Central and South America. However, there is a large number of child trafficking cases that take place in the United States every year. Human trafficking and especially child trafficking is devastatingly destructive to a child and their development and future opportunities.
Child trafficking does not only happen in one particular area or to one specific population. Child trafficking can truly happen anywhere and to any child. Some populations or personality types are more prone to be targeted for child trafficking, such as low-income children who have low self-esteem and broken households. These children are looking for someone to pay attention to them and show them affection. Therefore, these children are often targeted by child traffickers who can catch the attention of the child and gain the child’s trust easily. However, child trafficking does occur in all parts of the world and really comes in a variety of different styles. Some children are trafficked to work in illegal sex trades. These children may be made to work on the streets or in brothels in some cities. Children are also targeted for child trafficking and work in sweatshops and other manufacturing jobs. These children are often made to live in extremely poor and unhealthy conditions and are not paid for their work. Instead, they are made to feel indebted to their captors and are made to feel inadequate and incapable of doing anything right. They are brainwashed into believing that they have done something to deserve their life and that their captors are in fact doing them a favor by letting them work.
Child trafficking is a huge problem in the world and in the United States. The United States has recently enacted laws and regulations to strengthen the penalties for perpetrators of child trafficking. Children are innocent beings and are not able to provide consent for such activities, even if they have been brainwashed into thinking that what they are doing is right and okay. It is important that governments, non-profits and law enforcement agencies continue to work to end child trafficking and to punish those people who are found to be hurting children.