Human trafficking is a crime that ruthlessly exploits women, children, and men for numerous purposes including forced labor, sex, and begging. It’s a global crime that generates billions of dollars in profits each year and is a complex issue, fuelled by a lack of value for life, poverty, growth in the global sex market, uneven development, corruption of officials, cultural practices, and the lack of political will to end it.
The number of child victims trafficked worldwide for sexual exploitation or cheap labor on an annual basis is 1.2 million (UNICF 2007) with an estimate that 79% of all global trafficking is for sexual exploitation.
Child Trafficking is the recruitment, smuggling, transporting, harboring, buying or selling of a child through force, threats, fraud, deception, or coercion for the purposes of exploitation, prostitution, pornography, migrant work, sweat shops, domestic servitude, forced labor, bondage, peonage or involuntary servitude. Every day, thousands of individuals are trafficked, both within their home country and across international borders.
Some children are sold by their own parents, others are lured by what they think are legitimate job offers like waitressing, housecleaning, or factory work but then are forced into prostitution, begging and other forms of labor. Children are often help captive, beaten, drugged, and starved to force them into these exploitive situations.
TRAFFICKING IN SOUTH EAST ASIA
Thailand is a primary destination for sexual exploitation in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region, and with proposed changes to laws and border-crossings, sexual exploitation will likely increase in the near future, if something is not done to stop it.
Cambodia is also considered a source, transit, and destination country for human trafficking. A recent survey concluded the 35% of Cambodia’s 15,000 prostitutes are children under the age of 16, with some as young as 5 years old being sold (UNICEF).
- Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. Human trafficking is the world’s second largest criminal enterprise, after drugs. U.S. State Department
- The global market of human trafficking is at over $12 billion a year, with over 1.2 million child victims. UNICEF
- The average age of entry for children victimized by the sex trade industry is 12 years. U.S. Department of Justice
- Approximately 80% of human trafficking victims are women and girls and up to 50% are minors. U.S. State Department
- Child pornography is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States right now. Nationally, there has been a 2500% increase in arrests in 10 years. FBI
- The average price of individual slaves is less than a new cell phone or about $90. Not For Sale NGO