Letter to the Reader: Liv Williams

Dear Reader,

It means so much to me that you are taking the time to look at the WorldLink Reader. Students these days are overwhelmed with the pressures of school and extracurricular activities, and often do not dedicate time to learning about current global issues. Students need to stay informed about what is going on in the world around them.  I think that when you start reading about this topic, human trafficking, you will understand why.

When I began researching human trafficking, I did not understand the gravity and complexity of this problem.  Human trafficking is an appalling issue that is occurring in every country throughout the world, yet is not publicized or prosecuted nearly enough.  Men, women and children are being sold into a world of terror and pain.  Human trafficking is a difficult issue to stop because it is so closely connected with poverty, gangs and drug trafficking.  Nevertheless, nations need to put more effort into fighting human trafficking because it is an unacceptable human rights violation.  The world needs committed people that are not only willing to research human trafficking, but to help stop it.

Throughout my research, I became completely dedicated to this topic.  I broke up human trafficking into the different types of slavery.  I found that even though human trafficking happens in places as distinct as San Diego, California and Bihar, India, the methods and practices of forced servitude are the same.  One of the main problems is that police do not know the signs of a trafficking victim. They often are treated as illegal immigrants and punished, instead of helped.  I hope that this chapter on the modern day slave trade will give an overview of this issue and encourage people to become more passionate about it.  The first step to end human trafficking and bring it into the forefront of media and political attention is to understand the issue in its entirety.

 

Sincerely,

Liv Williams, Torrey Pines High School

WorldLink 2010 Summer Intern

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