I am focusing on the issue of human trafficking in the United States and how it affects our population, particularly our youth. According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) in the past 5 years there have been 9,298 unique cases of human trafficking. 41% of these sex trafficking cases and 20% of labor cases referenced U.S. citizens as victims. Human trafficking generates 9.2 billion dollars annually in the United States. My goal with this project is to raise awareness about the issue and perhaps to begin thinking about solutions to the problem.
When I first began thinking about the project, I was considering the issue of human trafficking in general, a broad scope. To narrow this down, I’m going to focus it on the state of Virginia. Richmond has one of the highest trafficking rates in the country, and this is only an hour away from where we go to school. Typically, human trafficking victims are children who are poor or homeless because they usually don’t have family or friends who would report them missing to the police or care enough to take further action. However, there are many cases where the victims come from a middle or upper class family, and these are the ones we typically hear about in the media. The purpose of setting up a website is to include attention catching information that will make the reader want to know more about the issue.
Homepage- This page will be devoted to introducing the problem. I want to provide a general statement about human trafficking, particularly some eye catching statistics in order to grab the reader’s attention. The purpose of this is to surprise the reader and make them want to know more. I would also maybe include some pictures and brief notes from human trafficking victims.
Background Info- On this page I want to go into detail about the background of the problem. Providing detailed statics about human trafficking and more specifically, information about Virginia.
Solution 1- On this page I want to provide solutions on how to raise awareness on the issue itself.
Solution 2- This page would provide a solution on how to help trafficking victims after they have been rescued. This is a very long and sometimes difficult process because it is hard for the victims to lead a normal life after they have suffered through such a terrible experience.
I would like to add more pages to this list but am still in the process of fleshing out how I am going to set up my website to be the most effective. I would like to include a video on my page, and hopefully will have time to complete this task within the time limit of the project.