Human trafficking is the second fastest growing criminal industry in the world, trailing the drug industry. It has an estimated annual revenue of $42.5 billion.
0% in Prostitution
Approximately 80% of human trafficking is allocated to forced prostitution.
0% in USA/Europe
40% of those trafficked in Southeast Asia will end up in America or Europe.
America is the #1 consumer of human trafficking. This is due to national and international consumption of commercialized sex and pornography.
R1G: Definition – Human trafficking is the illegal enterprise of obtaining, holding, and selling of persons in “compelled services”, against their will by force, fraud or coercion, for the purpose of financial gain and/or, but not limited to, personal gain.
USA: TIP Report – The 2011 TIP Report states that the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) “describes this compelled service using a number of different terms: involuntary servitude, slavery, debt bondage, and forced labor.”
UN: Definition – Trafficking in persons is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons, by means of 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 service, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs (UN, 2000)
Many national and international communities are enslaved to it unknowingly through culture, poverty, pornography, prostitution, illegal transport of drugs and humans, inadequate laws, human greed, etc.
Human trafficking is such a complex beast that categorizing it is essential to understanding its deep, interwoven framework.
Products that we all use everyday are made by trafficked victims including Persian rugs, cocoa, coffee, sugar, tobacco, and clothes.
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