Devil in Disguise: This essay is about human trafficking in Southeast Asia

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Trafficking was once known as the trading of drugs, illegally, between countries. This trading has turned even uglier over the last few years with the beginning of human trafficking. The victims are most often women and children who are deceived into thinking they are headed toward better employment. Unfortunately, that is a lie that disguises the harsh truth. The reality of the situation is exposed when these innocent victims are sold as sex slaves, sweat shop workers, or house servants. The profit of the sex slave market is "estimated at between $6 billion and $7 billion per year."(Flamm). The crime of selling human beings is a very secretive operation that is rarely reported. Because of this, exact statistics cannot be compiled, but there are approximately one million people a year, globally, who fall victim to human trafficking. This rapidly rising crime stems from one major cause; poverty. Because of poverty, people are desperate to earn money and are lacking of an education that would teach the dangers and immorality of human trafficking.

Southeast Asia is alive with the trafficking of women. "The most common countries of origin of trafficked persons in Southeast Asia are the poorer ones like Cambodia, Yunnan province in China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, China and Cambodia are the most popular destinations." (Macan-Markar ). Traffickers often seek out very poor families and elude parents into selling their daughters no matter how young they are. Parents are told that their children will become prosperous through better education or employment. To sell one's child seems unimaginable and horrific, but these parents are desperate to escape the chains of poverty. They want a better life for their children and believe that they are doing what is best. "However, most of the time...