Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, a concept most of us associate with a distant past, but which is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. The problem is urgent: there are more people enslaved now than at any other point in history. The United Nations defines human trafficking with three key elements:
(What is done)
Recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of a person.
(How it is done)
Threat or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability, or giving payments or benefits to a person in control of the victim.
(Why it is done)
For the purpose of exploitation, which includes sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery or similar practices.
Signs of Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is pervasive all around the world and in all 50 states. Some of the common traits seen in adult and child victims of human trafficking might include:
The Stories Behind the Statistics
million people in modern slavery
Million people in forced labor
million in forced marriage
average age of entry into sex trafficking in the US