Every two minutes, a child is being prepared for sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
In a world plagued by criminal markets, none surpasses the pervasive reach of human trafficking. It casts its sinister shadow over countless lives, eclipsing even the trade of illicit drugs, arms, human smuggling, and wildlife crimes.
Women, men, and children are ruthlessly ensnared in traffickers’ grips, subjected to forced labor, prostitution, forced marriages, and even organ removal. These heinous acts bear many names-human trafficking, trafficking of persons, modern-day slavery-but they all share the same insidious nature.
Only girls and women are victims of human trafficking.
Boys and men are just as likely to be victims of human trafficking as girls and women. However, they are less likely to be identified and reported. Girls and boys are often subject to different types of trafficking, for instance, girls may be trafficked for forced marriage and sexual exploitation, while boys may be trafficked for forced labor or recruitment into armed groups.
All human trafficking involves sex or prostitution
Human trafficking can include forced labor, domestic servitude, organ trafficking, debt bondage, recruitment of children as child soldiers, and/or sex trafficking and forced prostitution.
Trafficking primarily occurs in developing countries.
Trafficking occurs all over the world, though the most common forms of trafficking can differ by country. The United States is one of the most active sex trafficking countries in the world, where exploitation of trafficking victims occurs in cities, suburban and rural areas. Labor trafficking occurs in the U.S. but at lower rates than in most developing countries.
Trafficking involves traveling, transporting, or moving a person across borders.
Human trafficking is not the same thing as smuggling, which are two terms that are commonly confused. Trafficking does not require movement across borders. In fact, in some cases, a child could be trafficked and exploited from their own home. In the U.S., trafficking most frequently occurs at hotels, motels, truck stops, and online.
People being trafficked are physically unable to leave or held against their will
Trafficking can involve force, but people can also be trafficked through threats, coercion, or deception. People in trafficking situations can be controlled through drug addiction, violent relationships, manipulation, lack of financial independence, or isolation from family or friends, in addition to physical restraint or harm.
Traffickers target victims they don’t know
A majority of the time, victims are trafficked by someone they know, such as a friend, family member or romantic partner.
There are an estimated
trapped in slavery around the world.
This is arguably the most important number related to human trafficking, and the one most often cited.
in forced labor
in sex trafficking
in labor trafficking
in forced marriage
Because forced marriages can be so closely linked with sex trafficking, the lines between categories are not so clearly defined.
of global human trafficing victims are children.
of all victims of global trafficking.
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