My topic is on what human trafficking really is.
In the first essay I used the arguments as to what human trafficking is and how bad it really is to define what this business is. Next, I implemented the legal definition of human trafficking and multiple personal accounts of survivors to tell why human trafficking is morally/ethically wrong. I then used both of these essays to come up with a few proposals to ending human trafficking that all tie into the idea that we have to take a step out of our own worlds to see things from others’ perspectives. My writing process was inspired by me being scattered in putting my ideas together, so I start out writing a skeleton of my essay and then go back to fill it in.
As for my research, this was mostly me going into Google to look for news articles, pieces ending in .org, .gov, etc., and there were also a source from the EBSCOhost database. I looked for new articles when an idea popped into my head of what to add to my essays, as well as when I wanted to back up what I was saying with legitimized sources to strengthen what I was saying. My third essay was very heavily inspired by my History of American Education professor, who was also a psychology major in college, in that the core of this essay was on how in order to end human trafficking, we have to open our eyes to what’s going on around us and not just live in our own worlds. That whole idea of making change happen came from her in one of our class discussions, I just applied it to changing human trafficking.
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35846207. This article was one of the main personal accounts that I kept referring back to in all three of my essays to emphasize what human trafficking does to people.
https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/what-is-human-trafficking.html. This article gave me the legal definition for human trafficking, which was brought up and referred to in all three of my essays.
search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=74701222&site=ehost-live. I referred to this article in my first and third essays. I feel like it gave me some statistics about how many victims human trafficking claims. It also gave me a lot of information on why there is an argument about what human trafficking is and how bad it really is and what the argument is.
When I first started planning for the first essay, my topic was the argument on the mental health of millennials, but I couldn’t feel a real strong connection to it. Then, when someone started talking about human trafficking with me, I realized that this is what I want to write about because I’ve always been interested in the topic. I felt a strong connection with this topic, so I didn’t mind the research because I just wanted to know more about it. This led me to learn why human trafficking victims often don’t come forward, why people think human trafficking isn’t the worst thing, and just how prevalent the crime truly is. My new perspective on human trafficking is that I want to work towards helping stop it because it causes more damage than I once thought and people need to know what it is and what it does to real people. This led me to take the chance to email a colleague of my History of American Education professor that she recommended I talk to because she is a graduate student here very involved in the fight against human trafficking. I told her colleague that if she was interested, I was interested in helping her fight the major crime. Human trafficking surrounds us whether it is living around the actual ongoing crime or us living with the victims, and we don’t even know it. This is why one day I hope to see people look at the world from a different perspective outside of their own to help bring human trafficking to an end.