HUMAN TRAFFICKING

I think slavery is the next thing to hell. If a person would send another into bondage, he would, it appears to me, be bad enough to send him into hell if he could.
Harriet Trubman

What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labour or commercial sex act.

Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide. It can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations.

Statistics

  • Globally it’s estimated that there are 40.3 MILLION modern-day slaves
  • 1 in 4 slavery victims are children
  • 71% of slavery victims are women and girls
  • Trafficking in persons is now the third most profitable business for organized crime, behind drugs and arms. It is also the fastest growing form of international crime
  • 2 million children, the majority of them girls, are sexually exploited in the multi-billion dollar commercial sex industry
  • $150 billion made each year from forced labour, that’s over $4,750 a second

Types of Trafficking

The United Nations (UN) divides human trafficking into three categories:

  • Sex trafficking
  • Labour trafficking
  • Organ removal

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