What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is what slavery, as a business, looks like in the 21st century. It describes the procurement of people against their will through force or deception, to be transported, sold and exploited for:
- Sex and forced prostitution
- Forced labor in sweatshops, farms and construction sites
- Slavery or domestic servitude
- Illegal international adoption
- Forced marriage or child brides
- Child soldiers
- Forced begging
- Sale of human organs
- Sacrificial worship
- Sports (e.g. child camel jockeys or football players)
Trafficking victims are stripped of their basic human rights and treated as commodity.
A single victim can be bought and sold many times.
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Human Trafficking – Some Key Facts
- Human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world.
- Its total annual revenue is estimated at between US$5 billion to US$9 billion.
- Rough estimates suggest that between 700,000 to 2 million women are trafficked across international borders annually—more than one person per minute.
- Approximately 80 per cent of those trafficked are women and girls.
- An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked every year.
- Those trafficked often come from poorer areas, ethnic minorities, or are displaced persons such as runaways or refugees.
- The most common destination countries are Thailand, Japan, Israel, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Turkey and the US
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