Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is the trade in humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others.

Human Trafficking does not require travel. Most of the confusion comes from the word "Trafficking" which stimulates the ideal of traffic or travel. Unlike most cases of smuggling victims of trafficking are not permitted to leave upon their destination. Victims of trafficking are held against their will and are forced to work or forced labor to commercial sexual exploitation.

Human trafficking  is a way to exploit people. People are sold, bought, and traded much like slaves. It is estimated to be a $5 to $9 billion-a-year industry. Trafficking victims typically are recruited by using force or because they are deceived, or fraud is used, power is abused, or they are simply abducted. Threats, violence, and economic problems can often make a victim consent to exploitation.

Child trafficking is defined as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, and receipt of a child for the purpose of exploitation. The commercial sexual exploitation of children can take many forms. This includes forcing a child into Child prostitution Or it can be other forms of sexual activity like child pornography. Child exploitation may also involve forced labor or services like slavery. It can mean practices similar to slavery such as , illegal adoption, or recruitment as child soldiers.

Human trafficking is the possession or trading of humans for the purpose of engaging them in slavery and prostitution through the means of force. It is a thriving industry that continues to grow every year. It is feared, that illegal trafficking of humans may soon outdo the illegal drug trade. Every day there are thousands of people falling victims to advertisements brainwashing them with the promise of a better future. In several countries like India, the victims may have been abducted, deceived or even bought from their family members. They are vulnerable due to the lack of education, poor financial standing and absolute immaturity. Trafficking affects at least 7 million lives each year, worldwide. Did you know? The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) estimates that United States receives an estimated 50,000 people, annually, who are victims of this illegal trade. From the view of the economy, health, psychology and the society, the effects are scary. The traffickers are the only party that gains from this inhuman ordeal, raking up to $10 billion! Statistics published by the United Nations reveal that as of 2006, only 5,808 traffickers were prosecuted and 3,160 were convicted in the United States.

Every country is affected by human trafficking, whether it's an origin country where people are trafficked from; a transit country where people are trafficked through; or a destination country where people are trafficked to. Often a country will be all three. Men, women and children are trafficked. People trafficking is the fastest growing means by which people are enslaved, the fastest growing international crime, and one of the largest sources of income for organized crime. Human trafficking is the second largest source of illegal income worldwide exceeded only by drugs trafficking. 1.2 million children are trafficked every year. There are even reports that some trafficking groups are switching their cargo from drugs to human beings, in a search of high profits at lower risk.The majority of trafficked victims arguably come from the poorest countries and poorest strata of the national population.

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