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What are some topics I can talk about in a paper on human trafficking?

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Abigail Lawrence eNotes educator | Certified Educator

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Pick a topic that you have questions about personally. This will make it easier and more fun to write about, because you will be personally invested.

You could write about how people are trafficked. If you go this route, you should look up manipulation tactics used by human traffickers. It would also be useful to learn when and where the majority of people are trafficked. This is a broad topic, so you may want to narrow down what kind of human trafficking you are researching. Sex trafficking and labor trafficking are two very different worlds. It might be hard to discuss both in one paper.

The psychology of human traffickers would also be an interesting topic. You could write about why people think it's okay to traffic other people, and what drives people to exploit others in this way.

You also could compare and contrast human trafficking to other forms of slavery.

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When we hear the phrase "human trafficking," we often think of movement—that people are being trafficked, moved around, perhaps even from country to country. This is not necessarily the case. In some cases, human trafficking does not refer whatsoever to geographical location. People can be trafficked in their own hometown and even come home to their loved ones at the end of the day. These kinds of cases aren't what people usually imagine when they think of human trafficking—and they can make a strong subject for a paper that will deepen a reader's understanding of the issue.

In first-world countries, we often want to think that human trafficking is something far away from us, but that is simply not true. Research into "local" cases of human trafficking, as well as signs we can use to identify someone being trafficked, will definitely add to one's understanding of this horrible system.

I know that these are difficult topics to deal with, because we do not want to think of anyone being abused in the ways that these victims are, but educating yourself on the problem can lead to you being a part of the solution. 

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There are many topics that you could talk about in a paper on human trafficking.  Some of them would include:

  • Geography.  Where do the people who are being trafficked generally come from?  Where are theybeing taken?
  • Causes of  trafficking.  Why are the people trying being brought to those places?
  • Obtaining people.  How are human traffickers getting the people they traffic?  Are they kidnapping them?  Are they inducing them with false promises?
  • Process of trafficking.  How are the people getting into the target countries?  How are they typically treated?
  • Outcome.  What generally happens to the people being trafficked once they have arrived where they are going?  This could be split into short and long-term outcomes.
  • Prevention.  What steps are countries taking or could countries take to prevent trafficking?  This might be split into steps that could be taken in the source countries and in the target countries.

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The paramount discussion on human trafficking should be the immoral implications of selling a human being for labor or worse sexual exploitation. At what time is the selling of a person acceptatble? It would be wise to give a background of the history of human trafficking which of course goes way back and then give information and statistics on present day trafficking. Touching on the geograhic locations where trafficking is prevelent is important as well as discussing how different societies feel about this trade. Depending on the assignment, I would structure the paper as follows:

History of Human trafficking

Moral issues of human tricking

Current countries that expliot human trafficking