Human Trafficking: A Human Tragedy – One of the gravest violations of a person’s human rights.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) defines human trafficking “as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”
- 45.8 million people are in some form of modern slavery in 167 countries.
- 150 billion dollars is the estimated global annual profit of trafficking, the fastest growing criminal industry in the world.
- 58% of these modern slaves are in Asia.
- Each year, there are an estimated 1.2 million children trafficked into prostitution and other forms of forced labor according to the International Labour Organization.
- India alone has an estimated 18.3 million modern slaves, a majority being through debt mortgage and bonded labor.
- There are more people in slavery now than in four decades of trans-Atlantic slave trade.
For more information visit www.globalslaveryindex.org
To report human trafficking or for help in the United States, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888, and for help in the United Kingdom, contact the Modern Slavery Helpline at 08000 121 700
Victims are trafficked:
This problem has affected almost every major city and town in the world. A girl from Columbus, Ohio might be trafficked into New York City, or a girl in Andhra Pradesh in India trafficked into the brothels of GB Road, New Delhi, India.
Across international boundaries in the same geographical region: Victims from Nepal or Bangladesh are commonly trafficked into the brothels of
In North America forced labor accounts for 44% of all trafficking cases.
The wealth in United States and Canada and demand for labor make them
prime destinations for human trafficking.