Human trafficking is slavery. Slavery still exists. TODAY.
Right now, 35.8 Million people are being exploited. Sold into prostitution. Forced into labor. Tricked into selling their children. Trapped in an unspeakable cycle of hopelessness.
There are more men, women, and children currently enslaved than ever in history.
Human Trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world, bringing in $150 billion in illegal profits annually.
Extreme poverty fuels human trafficking worldwide.
Migrant workers and indigenous people are the most vulnerable of being trafficked. Especially those who are living in poverty, oppressed, lacking human rights, lacking social or economic opportunity, or in danger of conflict or instability.
Rural and poor Bolivians are particularly vulnerable to sex and labor trafficking. Men, women and children are forced into labor in domestic service, sweatshops, and agriculture.
The press reports cases of children forced to commit crimes such as robbery and drug production, and others exploited in forced begging.
Some law enforcement officers frequent brothels, which can prevent victims from reporting their exploitation.
Chilean women and children, along with those from other Latin American countries, are trafficked into sexual slavery within Chile.
Some non-profits have reported brothels in small towns that are often frequented by police officers, preventing victims from coming forward and reporting their exploitation.
Men, women, and children from other Latin American and Asian countries are trafficked into forced labor in mining, agriculture, street vending, and domestic service industries.
Haiti is ranked 3rd out of 167 countries on the Global Slavery Index for prevalence of modern slavery. This is due mainly to the cultural practice known as the Restavèk system, where children from rural families are sent to work for other families in cities, usually because their parents cannot provide for their basic needs.
Many children in the Restavèk system are exploited by their caretakers, forced to work long hours while facing verbal, physical, and even sexual abuse.
Women displaced by the January 2010 earthquake who are living in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps are especially vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor.
With 14.2 million people enslaved, India is ranked 5th out of 167 countries on the Global Slavery Index for prevalence of modern slavery. Women and girls face discrimination and sexual violence across the country.
Some reports say that one child in India goes missing every eight minutes. Children are frequently sold into forced begging, domestic work, or sex trafficking.
Bonded labor is a common form of slavery in India. Those in poverty sell their labor in exchange for a lump sum of money to provide for basic needs. If an individual is unable to pay back his or her loan, the debt must be paid through the bondage of other family members. The result is that many families are enslaved for generations.
The tourism industry in Kenya, combined with poverty and lack of effective government regulation create informal industries that make children vulnerable to sex trafficking and forced labor. Trucks transporting goods from Kenya to Somalia return to Kenya with young girls and women who are placed in brothels in Nairobi and Mombasa.
Within Kenya, children are forced into labor in domestic service, agriculture, fishing, cattle herding, street vending, and begging.
Children in Kenyan refugee camps are sometimes exploited in sex trafficking, and some are taken from the camps and are forced to work on tobacco farms.
Indigenous Peruvians are particularly vulnerable to trafficking. Woman and girls in mining areas are exploited, subjected to sex trafficking, and are unable to leave because of the remote nature of the mining camps.
Officials and non-profits report that police officers intimidate women in prostitution, threatening to arrest them for trafficking to keep them from leaving the industry or reporting their exploitation.
Many working in mining camps are forced into labor through deceptive recruitment, debt bondage, inability to leave, withholding of wages, threats, or physical violence.
Ugandan children as young as seven are exploited and forced into labor in agriculture, mining, brick making, car washing, street vending, and domestic service industries. Girls and boys are also forced into prostitution.
Women and children from Uganda’s remote region of Karamoja, near the Kenyan border, are particularly vulnerable to domestic servitude and forced begging. Many Karamojong children are brought to towns in Eastern Uganda where they endure forced labor in grazing and domestic servitude, or to Kampala where they are exploited.
In Zambia, most trafficking involves women and children from rural areas, exploited in cities through forced labor in domestic servitude, textiles, mining, construction, small business, agriculture, or begging.
While orphans and street children are most vulnerable, children of affluent village families are also at risk of trafficking because sending children to the city for work is perceived to confer status.
Because of Zambia’s vast mineral resources and mining industry, adults and children are forced to labor in dangerous mines.
“Extreme poverty, entrenched inequality and a lack of education and opportunity create the vulnerabilities that traffickers exploit. Ultimately, the best protection is to accelerate development for all.”
Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General
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