6.17.2011

Human Rights Violations in the United States – International Awareness



 by Scott Hall
     Life in the United States is never perfect, contrary to what some citizens in the World may perceive.  As with any Nation, the United States has crime of all types to study and solve including Human Rights Violations. 
     A few of these styles of violations include abused and battered women, child abuse, and in some cases, the Death Penalty, and whether or not it is a “humane” punishment suitable for the crime committed.  There is also the issue of human trafficking.  The United States is not unlike any other nation of people in some of these respects, but Human Trafficking has been and is still a part of our lives.
     The United Nations definition of human trafficking is “The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation"
     What does this mean to us here in the United States?  Let’s break this down a bit further to help understand what the United Nations actually intends to confer to us,  “The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion.”  The perpetrator of the offense commits kidnapping or abductions, which means they take the person in question by threatening them (and this does not have to be with a weapon, it could be from situational blackmail or pressure to perform favors in exchange for goods.).  If one purchases someone, from a dealer in children or women and men, and then sell them to someone else,   they have committed a human rights violation.
     We know what abduction is portrayed to be, what about fraud or deception.  To lie to achieve a goal or outcome almost always causes trouble, in any context.  Mail order brides are now available on the internet as easily as a point, type, click and search.  If upon receiving their new gift, they decide to abuse them by reinforcing daily life with “I bought you; you must do what I say”.  They have not only caused psychological damage, but are using their position as a tool of influence, to control one’s life.  Another example could be a prostitute’s “owner”, using a new person he bought and paid for to exploit what that person could offer so that they may gain from it, and use fear tactics to accomplish those tasks, that too is a human rights violation. 
     So while many in our world will point fingers and may say, “the United States doesn’t recognize its Human Rights Violations” or that it may be exclusive in the USA alone, realistically, these types of behaviors occur all over the world, and in some countries much harsher punishments for crime violations of this nature.   If we, as world citizens, decided to focus our attentions on how these problems may be similar in all of our areas, one has to wonder if the laws would be similar in their punishments for violating those rights.  More importantly, much like in the case of the most current missing young lady, Lauren Spierer, with all our nations working together, the missing may be found more rapidly, before a more heinous crime may occur based in part on a collective input into human criminal nature. 
Reference link to the United Nations and their posting on human trafficking:
Reference link to a help program on prostitution:
For further reading on the death penalty and amnesty USA view, this link is also provided:

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