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Strong Thesis Statement Human Trafficking

Thesis Statements


The thesis statement is the most important part of your paper. It states the purpose and main idea of your essay to your audience. Your thesis statement conveys your position on a topic and provides focus for your essay. The form of your thesis statement will vary depending on the style of your writing. However, for most academic writing, your thesis should identify your subject and detail your position on that subject. A strong thesis statement will direct the structure of the essay. The thesis should be explicitly stated somewhere in the opening paragraphs of your paper, most often as the last sentence of the introduction. Often a thesis will be one sentence, but for complex subjects, you may find it more effective to break the thesis into two sentences.

Remember, your reader will be looking for your thesis. Make it clear, strong, and easy to find.

Attributes of a good thesis statement:

  • It should be debatable, proposing an arguable point with which people could reasonably agree or disagree.
  • A strong thesis takes a stand and justifies the discussion you will present.
  • It tackles a topic that could be covered in the format and length of the project assigned.
  • It is narrow, specific, and focused.
  • It clearly asserts your own conclusion based on evidence, reasons, and research.
  • It provides the reader with a map to guide him/her through your paper.
  • It details what the reader can expect from the rest of the paper.
  • It anticipates and refutes the counter-arguments.
  • It avoids vague language (like "it seems").
  • It avoids the first person. ("I believe," "In my opinion").
  • It does not announce itself: "In this essay I will..."

Attributes of a weak thesis statement:

  1. It makes no claim.
  2. It is obviously true or a statement of fact.
  3. It restates conventional wisdom.
  4. It offers personal conviction as the basis for the claim.
  5. It makes an overly broad claim.

Thesis Statement template:
A simple equation for a thesis might look something like this:

  • Specific topic + your opinion or the claim + the reasons you have for making that claim = Thesis

Example of a Good Thesis

Human trafficking in the United Statescan be reduced and possibly eliminated through education, government intervention, and awareness.Through these means, this illegal form of modern day slavery might finally be stopped.

or

Through education, government intervention, and awareness, human trafficking in the United Statescan be dramatically reduced to help end this illegal form of modern day slavery.

For more information on thesis statements, see the AWC Thesis Generator page.



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The thesis statement is a one or two sentence statement which sets the tone of the paper and gives the reader an overview of the content of the paper. I tend to construct thesis statements in a subject-description-triple content model. 

Human trafficking (subject) is a growing evil (description) destroying communities (content 1), expanding gang activity (content 2) and robbing the innocence of the world's youth (content 3).

The model lets the reader know the subject...

The thesis statement is a one or two sentence statement which sets the tone of the paper and gives the reader an overview of the content of the paper.
I tend to construct thesis statements in a subject-description-triple content model. 

Human trafficking (subject) is a growing evil (description) destroying communities (content 1), expanding gang activity (content 2) and robbing the innocence of the world's youth (content 3).

The model lets the reader know the subject of the paper, your view of it and the supporting arguments you plan on providing in the paper.  The rule of three makes a paper easy to read and provides enough content for the discussion.  Sub-sections can always be introduced to address additional areas of concern.

There are many aspects of human trafficking that can be addressed in a paper.  The first step to writing the thesis statement is to decide what areas of human trafficking you want to focus.  Areas you may want to include loss of innocence, financial cost, slavery, sexual abuse, emotional scars, gang activity, degradation of communities, judicial burden, or the difficulty in tracing missing persons.

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