Human Trafficking in the United States

Subject: Sociology
Pages: 3
Words: 1003
Reading time:
4 min
Study level: School

Human trafficking continues to be a significant issue of concern worldwide. Although constitutions of all countries guarantee citizens freedom, for example, in choosing what to do with their life, thousands of people fail to enjoy that autonomy because of being victims of human trafficking. Indeed, abolition of the slave trade and making it a crime internationally was a significant mile toward ending the exploitation of people day after day. Nevertheless, humans are increasingly preying upon others for money, establishing a modern form of slavery. As a result, legislative organs and criminal justice systems are parsing and enforcing severe laws to curb the rise of human trafficking. Equally, the war against the latter enjoys goodwill from civil societies and private sectors who mobilize their resources to help victims. I chose human trafficking as the topic for my senior project proposal because I want to know the factors that contribute to this kind of crime, the countries most affected and why, and current laws to deal with perpetrators. I will then propose the way current and future laws can be implemented to end human trafficking in the United States.

The primary purpose of my senior project is to inform the public more about human trafficking and relevant authorities mandated to deal with the crime approaches they can use to effectively deal with perpetrators. Undeniably, human traffickers use force, coercion, or fraud to obtain commercial sex acts or labor from their victims. However, most people are unaware of various methods that human traffickers can utilize to lure their victims. People will also learn various factors that might increase their vulnerability to human traffickers. For instance, whether belonging to a particular demographic group, living in certain countries, regions or cities increase their risks of being victims of human trafficking. Conversely, officers in the criminal justice system will learn modern tactics that human traffickers use, approaches to stringently enforce current laws against the crime, and hindrances as well as how to overcome them. As a result, the world will experience alleviation or a significant decrease in rates of human trafficking.

While human trafficking is such a wide topic, the scope of my senior project proposal will focus on four major areas. First, I will seek to establish factors that contribute to human trafficking within or across countries. Second, I will find out which nations across the world record high rates of human trafficking and the possible reasons. Third, I will evaluate currently established laws in the United States for dealing with human traffickers, their effectiveness, and the factors that hinder their implementation. Finally, I will propose more effective approaches and strategies for enforcing current and future laws and regulations to curtail and eventually end human trafficking in the United States. Therefore, the final product of this project will be of great importance to the general public and criminal justice system in preventing, reporting, dealing with, and alleviating incidences of human trafficking.

The new learning that I will achieve from this project includes more information about human trafficking, how to research the particular issue using online databases, and the way of organizing my research work. I learn why some individuals are more vulnerable to perpetrators of human trafficking and why only a few victims report such cases. Additionally, I will get to know the reasons for human trafficking to continue being a significant social problem worldwide despite having established laws and regulations. Conversely, I learn how to filter resources such as journals and data from online databases and governmental websites using keywords from the topic. The journal articles that I will encounter during my research will help me know how to organize my project, making it more presentable.

The method that I will use to execute the project will start with compiling at least ten resources, comprising journal articles and reputable websites. I will then produce an annotated bibliography, each annotation consisting of a paragraph to help me learn more about human trafficking. I intend to use key phrases such as, “causes of human trafficking”, “rate of human trafficking across countries”, and “laws for human trafficking”. Information from the resources helps in explaining more about my topic and areas of focus, identifying a problem, and proposing possible theoretical approaches that relevant agencies and individuals can effectively employ to deal with human trafficking.

The final product of my research project will comprise a minimum of ten pages, excluding the title, table of content, and reference pages. The paper will explain in detail the causes of human trafficking, mostly affected countries, available laws in the United States, and hindrances to their implementation, and propose ways to end the crime. The projection will be organized into three major parts, introduction, body, as well as a recommendation, and conclusion. I will use not less than ten resources to support my explanation and recommendations which will be listed on the last page.

At the end of this project, I will have acquired more knowledge about how to research, organize and present my academic work, positively impacting my performance. I will further know how I can protect relatives, friends, others in society, and myself from being vulnerable to human traffickers. The possible problems that I am likely to face during the study are finding reliable resources relevant to my areas of focus and recent data regarding rates of human trafficking across countries. I will prepare all the work related to my project using the APA format.

Beginning Bibliography

Kiss, L., & Zimmerman, C. (2019). Human trafficking and labor exploitation: Toward identifying, implementing, and evaluating effective responses. PLOS Medicine, 16(1), 1-4.

Motseki, M., & Mofokeng, J. (2022). An analysis of the causes and contributing factors to human trafficking: A South African perspective. Cogent Social Sciences, 8(1), 1-12.

OLDHAM, J. (2018). Human trafficking. Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 24(2), 71-71.

Sweileh, W. (2018). Research trends on human trafficking: A bibliometric analysis using Scopus database. Globalization and Health, 14(1), 1-12.

United States Department of State. (n.d). About Human Trafficking. United States Department of State. Web.