Human trafficking is a complex phenomenon fueled by the tremendous growth in the global sex market. Exploitation is driven by poverty, uneven development, official corruption, gender discrimination, harmful traditional and cultural practices, civil
unrest, natural disasters and lack of political will to end it. (ECPAT)
Human trafficking is the second largest source of illegal income worldwide, exceeded only by drugs. (belser 2005)
At least 12.3 million people are victims of forced labour worldwide. Of these 2.45 million are as a result of human trafficking.
A global alliance against forced labor, International Labour Organisation, 2005.
1.2 million children are trafficked every year. Estimate by UNICEF
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 organised crime.
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime
Types of recruitment include: abduction, false agreement with parents, sold by parents, runaways, travel with family, orphans sold from street or institutions.
79% of all global trafficking is for sexual exploitation.
Human trafficking is a ‘low risk, high profit’ crime, with annual profits of $32 billion.