Community Reforms to Prevent Human Trafficking By Mrunmayee Jere
Human trafficking is a prevalent issue worldwide, with around 600,000 to 800,000 people trafficked across international borders every year (TRTWorld). This is a topic that many people are aware of, but do not have the incentive or knowledge to prevent. However, rather than attacking the issue at hand directly, sometimes it is best to come together and reform the community first. When communities realize that the problem is relevant, this issue is more likely to be fixed.
An example of community reform to solve this issue is adding trafficking in school curriculums and teaching the methods of identifying trafficked people (Knox). By having these strategies taught and discussed, more people will be aware in a possible situation of human trafficking. This method can reduce human trafficking as well as create more open-minded individuals.
Another way to establish community reform to prevent human trafficking is to reach out to local, state, and federal elected officials (United States Department of State). Because they are in a higher position and subsequently have more power, it is more likely that they will influence the community. Hence, by informing them about human trafficking and showing a passion for its prevention, one can convince these officials to make a difference.
Additionally, one more method of community reform that could aid in reducing human trafficking is reforming law enforcement. Many forms of law enforcement claim that they cannot prevent human trafficking effectively because of issues they face, which are typically completely preventable (see below).
Image Source: (Farrell)
As seen above, the law enforcement faces many problems regarding human trafficking, with many of the challenges being entirely preventable (Farell). If issues such as lack of resources and lack of adequate training are fixed, law enforcement will be better trained to respond to human trafficking. This, in turn, is a possible method to prevent human trafficking.
In essence, although it is essential to take one's initiatives towards change, another valuable solution to a problem is to fix the community first. A community is an entity, so when reformed, it brings substantial change to many people. With these reforms, the problem of human trafficking can be solved, allowing survivors to live a brighter, happier future.
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Farrell, Amy, et al. “Understanding and Improving Law Enforcement
Responses to Human Trafficking: Final Report.” U.S. Department of Justice, Dec. 2008, www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/222752.pdf.
Knox, Shauna. “Human Trafficking in America’s Schools | Safe Supportive
Learning.” National Center of Safe Supporting Learning Environments, safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/human-trafficking-americas-schools. Accessed 22 Aug. 2020.