Human trafficking. What is it? Does it happen close to where you live, or just in the poor areas of the world? How do we stop it? Can we stop it? These are some scary questions, but in this blog post I am going to define what human trafficking is. Human trafficking can be defined as an "organized criminal activity in which human beings are treated like possessions to be controlled and exploited." If you ask me that sounds a lot like slavery. And that's exactly what human trafficking is! We may think we outlawed slavery in the United States in 1865 but now we just call it by another name. Here are a few reasons for human trafficking. The first one would be war. When war strikes your country, what do you do? You do what every brave man would and go off to fight the war that is threatening your country. But who takes care of your wife and children? Good question. If the mother dies, which many times happens, the children are left orphans. Sometimes instead of sending them to orphanages they are captured and sold. Again, sounds a lot like slavery. Second would be the promise of a better life. Many times the victims are promised shelter, clothes, and a job that will pay. But when they get there the conditions are not even close to what was expected. The shelter they live in can't be classified as a house, the clothes they wear are rags, and the working conditions are outrages! And on top of that they don't get paid... What happened to all men being free? I guess what I'm trying to say is that slavery still exists today. And it's happening right under our noses. And no it doesn't just happen in poverty stricken countries, it's happening the U.S also. We may say that slavery doesn't exist in this day and age, but honestly it does. We just call it by a different name now.