The New Slavery: Educating the Public and Combating the Problem

By Michelle L. McCrory.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Trafficking of individuals, specifically women and children, has become one of the most profitable sources of income especially for transnational criminal groups, making it the third largest source of income only after weapons and drug trafficking. (ESCAP, 2005) Victims are trafficked for forced labor such as factory, agricultural, mining work and/or sexual exploitation, and forced prostitution for sex trafficking or sex tourism. It is clear that human trafficking has grown, and continues to grown, exponentially. How we combat this egregious crime and help the victims who have been rescued is transforming daily as this issue begins getting more media attention and outcry from the public. We can all help individually by being aware that human trafficking and slavery does exist not only internationally, but right here in our own backyards in the United States.

Keywords: Human Trafficking, The New Slavery, Educating the Public, Combating the Problem

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 8, pp.125-134. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 753.681KB).

Michelle L. McCrory

PhD Student, Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA

I am currently a full-time doctoral student working towards a PhD in educational leadership and cultural foundations with concentrations in both women’s and gender studies, and conflict and peace studies. I have been a paralegal for 25 years and hold an Associate’s degree in paralegal studies, a Bachelor’s in public policy, and an MBA. I have been researching human trafficking for almost two years and am passionate about abolishing slavery and innovative aftercare. I am currently in the process of creating a coalition in Louisiana to help with the recovery of the victims. Louisiana has seen an increase in human trafficking post-Hurricane Katrina, but little is being done in the way of abolishing the problem or serving the victims.

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