Human Trafficking

What is Human Trafficking?

As implied by the word, and in simple words, human trafficking involves smuggling of human individuals across Trans national boundaries. However, over the years it has been realized that there are far more other angles to human trafficking beyond mere smuggling. The act of human trafficking involves, recruiting, transporting, harboring, transferring or receiving of persons by means of fraud, exploitation, force, coercion, threat, deception, or offering of some kind of unlawful benefits.

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. As defined by federal law, victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade (40 percent), adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts (48 percent) and anyone forced into different forms of “labor or services,” such as domestic workers held in a home or workers forced into labor against their will.

Some examples:

– There’s the forced labor of boys growing cocoa in Cote d’Ivoire.
– Women and Children Trafficking
– Human Organs Trafficking
– There’s the forced labor of men on Thai fishing boats.
– There’s Japan’s Technical Intern Training Program, created to enable foreign workers to develop their skills but is now sometimes a path to forced, nontechnical labor.
– There’s the predicament of foreign women who go to Saudi Arabia to work in households and who, once isolated in their employers’ homes and dependent on them for permits to leave the country, are sometimes mentally, physically and sexually abused.
– Sex trafficking, Prostitution
– Trafficked boys and labor-trafficking victims.
– Child Labour

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