In this project, we were hoping to learn about respondents’ knowledge of human trafficking. Our goal of this project was to find out what individuals know about the human trafficking trade. Our survey involved giving 50 participants a written survey that they completed by answering 10 questions to assess their knowledge of this problem. The challenge with this project was getting individuals to return the surveys in a timely manner. We did better when we remained with participants while they completed the survey. The demographics of our participants were as follows: Male, 45%; Female, 55%; Ages: 18-25 : 59%; 26-40 : 24%; 40 and over: 17%.
Human Trafficking Survey Results
1. Are you male or female?
M (45%) F (55%)
2. What is your age range? 18-25? 26-40? Or 40 and over?
18-25 (59%), 26-40 (24%), 40 and over (17%)
3. Does slavery still exist?
Yes (77%) No (23%)
4. Are you aware that slavery is a global issue?
Yes (62%) No (38%)
5. On a scale of 1 to 10 how much does it bother you that slavery generates $32 billion a year?
1 (2%), 2 (9%), 3 (6%), 4 (23%), 5 (34%), 6 (12%), 7 (3%), 8 (5%), 9 (3%), 10 (3%)
6. Do you think that there are more labor victims or sex victims?
Labor victims? (38%) sex victims? (62%)
7. On a scale of 1 to 10 how big of a problem is slavery in the United States?
1 (3%), 2 (4%), 3 (11%), 4 (26%), 5 (24%), 6 (19%), 7 (5%), 8 (6%), 9 (2%), 10 (2%)
8. Which do you believe is more prevalent? Child victims? Or adult victims?
Child Victims? (57%) adult victims? (43%)
9. Trafficked persons most often want to go abroad to find a job? True? Or False?
True? (14%) False (86%)
10. Does it bother you that it is a possibility that your children or future children could become victims of human trafficking? Yes or no?
Yes? (83%) No (17%)
Of the fifty people that took our survey, the results were somewhat surprising. 55 percent of the respondents were female and 45 percent of the respondents were male. The majority (59 percent) of the people were from my peer group from the ages 18 to 25. In an effort to understand peoples’ and feelings and awareness toward human trafficking we asked many simple questions such as: “Does slavery still exists?” It was quite alarming to discover that 23 percent of people thought that it didn’t. It was also alarming that on a scale of one to ten the majority of people only rated slavery as a four to six as a problem. The results revealed that many of my peers knew very little about human trafficking, cared much about it, or saw it as a major problem.
Reflection: (Thaddeus Laski)
What surprised me the most from this project was how uninformed most of the participants were about human trafficking. I was also saddened that many people failed to believe this is a real problem that exists world-wide as well as in our country. Many of my same age peers thought my survey was a joke and did not take it as seriously as I had hoped they would. I was further bothered by the results of the question relating to how respondents’ children and future children could fall victim to this cycle of abuse. In my survey, 17% said it did not bother them that their children or future children could become victims.
Reflection: (Ellis Wardall)
I really enjoyed working on this project. There were some things that I learned that I did not know before I began such as victims can be as young as ten years old. After a recent story I saw on Facebook, I realized that this occurs even here in the Heartland. Some people I interviewed also saw similar stories on Facebook and shared what they had learned. Just as I was, most people knew that sex trafficking involved children but were surprised at how young the children actually were.
In conclusion, the survey went alright. With my experience of conducting this survey once, I would be sure to write more in-depth questions that would yield more serious responses. I believe researching to write the questions was most helpful in working towards writing my research paper. Finding fifty willing people to take the short survey was also quite difficult because the rest of the class was conducting the survey at the same time. The results were pretty straightforward and showed what I expected; peoples’ awareness to the situation was fairly low. I would hope that one day the results could be the other way.