Human Trafficking Persuasive Essays

List Of Unique Argumentative Essay Topics On Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is one of those emotive subjects that is up there with rape and torture. It seems incomprehensible to civilized persons that there are people out there whose sole aim is to profit from the misery and misfortune of others. Far from being someone else’s problem, human trafficking is now happening in the big cities of all developed countries and seemingly innocuous houses in suburbia are being used to house those have been trafficked. Far from being unique to one country, this is now a global problem.

It is hard to see an argument in favor of human trafficking – Good luck, if you think that you can pull that one off! The challenge is in attempting to come up with a list of unique argumentative essay topics on trafficking. Thankfully, you don’t need to worry as I have come up with several for you:

  • Is there a difference between this and smuggling? Is one more profitable than the other? Is one more ethical than the other?
  • The crisis in the Mediterranean. Should the onus be on the Southern Mediterranean countries like Italy and Malta to process and deal with these migrants? (On the basis that protocols and agreements state that is the responsibility of the state or country that the migrants reach) Are other European countries failing in their duty?
  • What more can Britain and France do to combat trafficking given the tensions in Calais? Should Britain make the port of Dover a militarized zone?
  • How can border agencies identify those migrants that are being trafficked as opposed to those that are simply attempting to enter illegally of their own free will?
  • Once in the country, what can ordinary citizens do to spot signs that someone has been trafficked? Are there any warning signs? Should communities be more vigilant?
  • Is human trafficking helped and aided by the fact that we don’t know our neighbors in the same way that we used to?
  • Are the sentences for those convicted tough enough? Should there be a global policing policy on this?
  • What are the root causes? Would pouring money into North African countries do anything to help this?
  • Do we treat people who have been trafficked fairly? Should they be automatically granted asylum and given new identities or should they be treat the same as other asylum seekers and deported?
  • Would treating them differently simply serve as an incentive to the traffickers?
  • Good luck with your essay on this challenging subject. I hope you have found these topics useful!


ENG3U Name: Natasha Jiwa

Persuasive Speech

Human trafficking, especially of women and children is a reflection of the varied and complex social issues faced on a global scale. Asia is seen as the most susceptible area due to its growing population, political structure and poverty. However many in developed countries do not realize their slavery footprint and the power of their consumer dollars that fuels this injustice even half way across the world. The commercial sex industry has grown at an alarming rate over the last few decades. Much of this is due to the development of sex tourism in many Asian countries. The numbers being represented in  Asia represents nearly half the world total. Sex trafficking can be highly visible such as street prostitution, or hidden such as in brothels, spas, massage parlors, strip clubs and pornography. Sex trafficking is often characterized by low risk, high profit, meaning that traffickers are looking for those in the most vulnerable positions in areas of poverty or little social power and weak law enforcement. It is estimated that there are approximately 80,000


100,000 prostitutes in Cambodia. There are about 17,000 prostitutes in Phnom Penh, of whom about 30 % are estimated to be under 18 years of age.  Accordingly, the number of child prostitutes in Phnom Penh would be about 5,000. These numbers are expected to grow. Due to the industry growing, there will be a backlash of other consequences. Crime rates and poverty will significantly increase which will only lead to less productivity in a country. Victims of sex trafficking are often left physically, emotionally and physiologically damaged. Emotional effects include feelings of isolation, grief and shame. Physiological effects include suicidal thoughts, depression, insomnia and shock, which display signs of posttraumatic disorder. Physical effects include, HIV, STDS, broken bones, bruises, and reproductive health problems.

Over 71% of trafficked victims display suicidal tendencies, with a large majority of them being children. Also In South Asia, women are now reported to constitute up to 35% of new HIV infections (UNAIDS, 2000). HIV infections impact significantly upon the education sector, labor and productivity and wider economy. It delays progression within the country, and encourages poverty even more so. Some may argue that one of the benefits of sex trafficking is that it provides employment. However the pimps who control these women make about 90% or more of the profit. The women get barely enough to survive off of. There are absolutely no benefits to the victims of sex trafficking. It is not employment, but in fact slavery. These people are not employed members of society, but are victims that society turns a blind eye towards.

The growing sex industry is cause for concern. The worst part is that much of society doesn’t even

realize sex trafficking is an issue due to the nature of the industry. Sex trafficking victims can happen anywhere, and can happen to anyone. Because sex trafficking is often masked as prostitution, the public does not feel outraged. Slaves are dehumanized and treated as commodities and are physically or physiologically constrained and unable to escape. Slaveholders seek

control over every aspect of the victim’s life so that escaping becomes unthinkable

. Because of the prevalence of gender discrimination, harmful practices such as female genital mutilation, female

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