Social Humanitarian & Cultural Committee
Mattawan High School
Despite its immorality and illegality, human trafficking is a major problem striking many parts of the world; particularly, Kenya and other parts of Eastern Africa. Human trafficking is the trade of humans primarily for forced labor, sexual slavery, and organ extration. Kenya is particularly ravaged by human trafficking due to a lack of strong, coordinated oversight. Currently, using the United States’ State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, only 33 out of 188 countries fully comply with the United States’ Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. Many of the countries that do not fully comply simply do not have the funds to combat human trafficking.
The Republic of Kenya refuses to accept the current human trafficking conditions in Kenya, and desires a continued effort to erradicate human trafficking from Kenya. Despite not fully complying with the United States’ Trafficking Victims Protection Act, Kenya is making strides in developing the necessary control to comply. Kenya strongly believes in the importance of permanently eradicating human trafficking throughout Kenya and Eastern Africa.
A potential solution to eliminate human trafficking would be a combined effort and funding from nations to enforce laws and statutes in place that prohibit human trafficking. Funding is a major restriction in the eradication of human trafficking as well as a major support for human trafficking. Because many countries cannot easily combat human trafficking, human trafficking is generating over $150 billion every year in profit globally. Another potential solution is to focus on eradicating human trafficking through privatizing the capture of human traffickers: allow private companies to obtain any funds of human traffickers that are captured.
- Adrian Heldt