Let’s get back to the basics of human trafficking. For those that don’t know or are not sure, here is the UNODC’s (United Nations Office On Drugs and Crime) definition: Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity. It involves an act of recruiting, transporting, transfering, harbouring or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims.
It is very difficult to assess the real size of human trafficking because the crime takes place underground, and is often not identified or misidentified.
However, a conservative estimate of the crime puts the number of victims at any one time at 2.5 million. We also know that it affects every region of the world and generates tens of billions of dollars in profits for criminals each year.
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Check out UNODC’s website.