How many victims ?

Statistical data of human trafficking in Turkey

We might fight with people we love, we might have bad grades, we might hurt ourselves, we might have bad days, we might get bad news, but imagine waking up every day not in your home, not with your parents, without the smell of pancakes downstairs, and thinking of the horrible day you will pass because you are a victim of human trafficking. International problems touches everyone.

Unfortunately, Human trafficking is slavery. It is known as the third profitable illegal activity after drug and gun smuggling and people do it a lot. 250 000 people have been trafficked in Turkey since 1999, according to the International Organization for Migration. The majority of Turkey’s human trafficking victims are women and girls from  Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Moldova. Victims found in Turkey are from the cities of Istanbul, Izmir and Trabzon, and they are trafficked for sexual exploitation and domestic service.

Turkey is one of the most popular destination for victims of human trafficking."Article 80 of the Penal Code prohibits trafficking for both sexual exploitation andforced labor, and prescribes penalties of 10 to 15 years imprisonment" ( wich are not enough, in my opinion. In 2007, the government of Turkey prosecuted 160 suspects and convicted 121 trafficking offenders. Out of the 121 convictions, 26 were sentenced to two years or less of prison. This is really low for a major case like this wich is considered illegal while murderers stay a lifetime in jail. From 2004 to 2007, 889 victims were resued and 1336 human traffickers apprehended.

As you consider all of these statistics, enjoy your life and think of every victim of human trafficking while you are having a bad day, having a little fight with the people you love or having bad grades. We can all do something for them and try to help the people who are really in need.

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