Human Trafficking Defined
- debt bondage: people sold into slavery to pay for debts, but who can never repay the debt through work because of fees or exhorbitantly high interest rates on their loans.
- sexual slavery: people sold into slavery in brothels and in prostitution rings.
- child trafficking and female trafficking for either of these
- Valued at over US$32 billion per year (ILO)
- Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry worldwide
- 80% of trafficking victims are women and girls
- 50% of trafficking victims are minors (underage)
- 42% of those recruiting victims are women
- The average age of entry into prostitution or sexual exploitation is 12 years old
- People’s Daily Online: “Millions of women caught in murky world of human trafficking”
- People’s Daily Online: Human trafficking on the rise in Laos.
- Khaleej Times: UAE considers all female prostitutes under the age of 18 to be victims of human trafficking, and will not prosecute them; several shelters have been opened across the Emirates under the umbrella of the Red Crescent.
- BBC: A fund to help victims of human trafficking is being launched by the UN in London.
- UCA News: Trafficking on the rise in Nepal.
- Mission Network News: Human trafficking spikes in post-quake Haiti
- Mission Network News: Traffickers likely already preparing for next World Cup: “a rise in the number of sex slaves is inevitably tied to these large sporting events as was evidenced at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.”
Additional statistical resource pages:
- Hope Restored: ending human trafficking in Nepal, an integrated model for how trafficking can be wiped out in a country.
- Nuns teach girls in Myanmar to avoid trafficking
- Evangelical Free Church to open a women’s center in India to provide a haven for victims.
- Cape Town 2010: Pranitha Timothy on Human Trafficking
Twitter accounts of projects working against human trafficking (many secular accounts too, doing good work):
Global Resource Sites