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There is a very big industry in the world that many people remain ignorant of and that industry is human trafficking. An industry has an analysis of supply and demand and human trafficking is no different because there is a demand for human slavery in this cruel inhumane world. There are more than 27 million people within this industry being traded across state and international boarders illegally and still it is a growing empire(Hughes n.d.).. This unconventional industry is very complex and can involve people of all different races, religions, ages, and it is also not sex bias. I will be taking a look into this world to show you how this unethical disgusting behavior has become a booming 32 billion dollar per year industry(Demand Side of Human, 2006,

Human trafficking is the 3rd largest criminal activity world wide, after drugs and fire arms. This epidemic affects approximately 2.5 million people per year and it affects everyone; there is no social or economic standard(Hughes n.d.).. The national problem of human trafficking if based on a balance between the supply of the victims from the sending countries and demand for victims in receiving countries (Demand Side of Human, 2006, The countries that are sending to victims are places where women and children can be easily recruited, and usually with false promises of happiness, jobs, and a better life. Most of the women and children have come from places that are dealing with poverty, overpopulation, lack of opportunities, illiteracy. The other problems that they face are ignorance, discrimination, poor legal protection and corrupt administration(Demand Side of Human, 2006,. With all of these problems it is no wonder that almost 3 million people are being sold around the world to do many different things, most are to demoralizing to speak of. There are not only sex acts being forced opon these people there are women being forced in to marrage and babies being sold across borderes because of over population. In march 2003 28 baby girls ages 2-5 months were found packaged in luggage bags in the back of a long-haul bus(Hughes n.d.). This is all appauling to me

There are many areas that make up the supply and demand of human trafficking. In addition to the buyers of these people who create the demand, the culture, the exploiters and the lack of law also create the demand for these poor helpless women and children who are deprived of many basic human rights(Hughes, n.d.) When you talk about supply and demand there is always the issue of money and this industry is no different.

* A woman-operated Internet-based escort service in New York City earned $3 million a year for a decade before it was busted in January 2005. At the time of the raid, the madam was exploiting a 15 year old runaway girl(Hughes n.d.).

* A Dutch man, known as "Big Pimpin' Pappy" ran what police said was the largest call-girl ring in South Florida history. Fort Lauderdale police documented his gross earnings conservatively at $6 million a year. In 2003, he was featured in Forbes magazine in an article entitled "Wages of Sin." (Hughes n.d.).

* In 2004, 18 men and women were arrested for running prostitution escort services in New York. The operation had a multi-tiered management structure and brought in $1.6 million in nine months. Sixteen people were charged enterprise corruption, falsifying business records, promoting prostitution, and money laundering. (Hughes n.d.).

* In Thailand, the yearly estimated income from prostitution in 1993 to 1995 was $22.5billion to $27 billion. (Hughes n.d.).

* In Indonesia, the sex industry is estimated to bring in $1.2 billion to $3.3 billion per year, which is between 0.8 and 2.4 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product. In Jakarta, the sex industry makes $91 million per year. (Hughes n.d.).

* Prostitution in the Philippines is a de facto legal industry that is now the fourth largest source of gross national product (GNP) for the country. The production of child pornography in the Philippines is a $1 billion industry.(Hughes n.d.).

The demand refers to the desire and preference for a particular commodity, and or service, but when it comes to human trafficking it is a little bit different. Human trafficking shows the demand for labor that is usually exploitive or violated human rights while someone is making a profit. If someone wants a child or virgin then there is a demand for this commodity and someone is bound to be able to supply them. There are 3 levels of demand within this industry; employer demand, consumer demand and 3rd party involvement(Demand Side of Human, 2006,) The demand for labor through trafficking is not acceptable and it diminishes the victim's mental and physical health as well as imposes harmful consequences on the individual, families and communities(Demand Side of Human, 2006,. As long as there is a demand for these women and children then there will always be a supply.

The supply side is a bit more difficult than the demand side. It said that the supply side of trafficking ultimately starts at home with one of the biggest causes being vulnerability. Being vulnerable comes from gender discrimination, domestic violence, or family factors. Being set off by this women and children will leave home and this leaves them even more vulnerable to traffickers. One of three missing children or teens who end up on



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