Human trafficking is the term that is used today for modern-day slavery. Like African slaves in past centuries, many people from around the world are being held captive and forced to work. Some people are physically beaten to make them work. A few others are sold into slavery. Some are kidnapped. But most people are tricked into becoming a slave. They are given false promises of money, new jobs, educations, and better lives. Then the promises are broken. The victims of human trafficking are trapped. Human trafficking is taking place in almost every country of the world. In fact, there is a good chance that modern-day slaves live not too far from where you live. According to a 2008 report from the U.S. State Department, human trafficking is one of the greatest human rights challenges of this century, both here and abroad.
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Human trafficking is definitely unforgivable. I shiver at the thought of forcing innocent people into forced labor and prostitution. The young children who worked all their life would have never known what happiness is if they were not rescued. The women who had gone through prostitution would have borne shame all their life if they were not discovered. After having read this book, I cannot help but sympathize with those victims suffering from human trafficking. One morning, I saw a crippled man begging in New Territories. It seemed like nothing special at the first glance, for a Mainlanderwho had a defect to beg on the street. By chance, I met the very same person again in Kowloon Tong at night. How possibly could a crippled man to move that far in a single day? He must have been smuggled into Hong Kong and was compelled to beg for a living. I still cannot believe I had just witnessed a victim of human trafficking. Whenever I remembered that human trafficking is only one step afar from me, my stomach turned uneasily and my heart raced out of fear. I was simply shocked by the boldness of these traffickers. There might even be more victims hidden in plain sight, ignored by the main public. If only these traffickers were arrested, there would not have been so many victims. I demand the government to protect the rights of those victims.