Surveillance in Airports: STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING

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What do you think when you hear the phrase human trafficking? Most people imagine women being smuggled into another country or thrown into a vehicle. In fact, most people don't even believe that human trafficking exists in the United States. 

In 2000, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act was passed addressing the issue of human trafficking. It considers the three step approach: prevention, protection, and persecution. Under its umbrella, this act tackles the 2 most common types of trafficking, labor and sex trafficking. 

Besides TVPA of 2000, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act and the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act were passed 2014 and 2015 respectively both with the goal to promote awareness and reduce the incidents of human trafficking. Though laws were passed, it did little to resolve this uprising world-wide problem. 

Human trafficking is one of the worst and serious epidemics our country faces to this day with 8,524 cases being reported this year, according to Human Trafficking Hotline Statistics. Human trafficking usually occurs among the immigrant populations in countries with busy travel-hubs such as Texas and California. According to the U.S Justice Department, around 14,500–17,500 people are trafficked into the country every year. According to Human Trafficking Hotline Statistics, women are also the most targeted with 7,067 out of 8,271 being female victims. Out of these cases 6,081 were abducted for sex trafficking. 

In 2017, an airport worker saved 2 girls from a suspected human trafficking plot. The two girls were traveling alone with little possessions and no identification. In addition, their first class plane tickets were payed by someone else's credit card. Suspicious, the airport worker called the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Airport Bureau. After contacting the sponsor for the ticket, the sponsor deleted all of his social media accounts and disconnected his phone number.

Our goal is for USA airports to better train their employees in recognizing signs of human trafficking. Better training means that there won't be any mistakes in recognizing victims. Each and everyone of us can help. By doing this, potential victims of human trafficking would decrease. 

 

 



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