Human trafficking is a crime that forcefully exploits women, men, and children.  According to the United Nations, human trafficking affects every country in the world but is not talked about nearly enough.  Here is a comprehensive list of 7 shocking facts surrounding the human trafficking global crisis.

Human trafficking involves the transporting of anyone into a situation where they can be exploited. This kind of exploitation is known as “human trafficking,” “trafficking of persons ”and“ modern slavery” are the most commonly used terms.  Human exploitation includes many various scenarios including:

  • Forced labor
  • Forced marriage
  • Forced prostitution
  • Forced organ removal

Human Trafficking Facts

Human trafficking includes a variety of acts to recruit, harbor, transport, provide, or obtain any person through force, fraud, or coercion.  You can be a human trafficking victim regardless of where you live and may even be victimized within your own community.  The overall goal of human trafficking is to exploit and enslave people for labor or sex acts that produce ongoing revenue for the trafficker. 

Victims of trafficking include both males and females and come from all ages, races, and backgrounds. While there isn’t one identifying factor that can be traced to those who are victimized, one of the most common is poverty.  Poverty increases the likelihood of coercing victims of trafficking because they are the most vulnerable and most likely to accept an offer of money, security, and stability. This is particularly true in countries where the following occurs:

  • Corruption
  • Civil unrest
  • Weak government
  • Lack of access to education or jobs
  • Family dysfunction, lack of human rights

Why is Human Trafficking a Global Crisis?

Human trafficking is a global crisis because it affects nearly every country throughout the world.  Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing criminal enterprises and generates billions of dollars along with illegal arms and drug trafficking every year.  The International Labor Organization reported that forced labor illegally profits over $150 billion per year and over two-thirds of these illegal profits are from sexual exploitation. The remaining profits are gained  from economic exploitation which includes things like

  • Forced domestic work
  • Forced agriculture work
  • Forced child labor

Where in the United States is Human Trafficking Common?

The states where human trafficking is most common are Texas, Florida, New York, and California.  Victims can be trafficked locally or brought in from other countries to be sold.  Victims range in age and gender though women and children are the most common. Sadly one in five human trafficking victims are children who are commonly forced into panhandling, child pornography,  prostitution, and/or child labor. 

Children from migrant families and in the foster care system are particularly vulnerable to human trafficking and are often sought out by child predators because of their lack of citizenship or ties to family. Now, more than ever, we need to take additional precautionary measures to protect these children specifically and provide them with proper training and education so they can identify predators and their tactics.  


How to Prevent Human Trafficking?

You can prevent human trafficking by voting for policies and legislation that promote measures to prevent trafficking from taking place, provide aftercare and aid for human trafficking victims, and the prosecution and removal of traffickers from the streets.  Convictions of human traffickers are slowly increasing, but with increased awareness and participation from citizens around the globe, we can help extinguish this global crisis.

You can also provide financial aid or volunteer time to work with non-profit groups like Global Education Philanthropists who provide hope and help to victims around the world through education, after-care, occupational training, and mental health programs. Many times victims will go back to their traffickers even after they have been rescued which is why the efforts being made by Global E.P, and groups like theirs, are critical in successful extraction and assimilation back into society.  


Your Resources to Respond

To help stop the spread of human trafficking contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline and they will connect you with services and support human trafficking survivors. If you see something suspicious or want to report a tip call 1-888-373-7888, text 2333733, or chat online.  

Ultimately the best defense against human trafficking starts with you and your own family. Learn the tactics that traffickers use to get to their victims and make sure you install a filter on your internet connection to monitor and even block access to sites that are commonly used to connect with and groom children. To learn more about these types of products and services visit thecleanernet.com.