Human Trafficking - Get Educated
The magnitude of human trafficking and its ripple effects are unquestioned. The hard facts can be harder to come by.
UN Office on Drugs and Crime's
Global Report on Trafficking in Persons
79% of trafficking involved sexual exploitation
18% involved forced labor
International Labor Organization
19% of trafficked individuals were sexually exploited
64% were exploited for labor
17% were exploited in state-imposed forced labor
UNODC's Global Report on Trafficking in Persons noted that its statistics “may be the result of statistical bias. By and large, the exploitation of women tends to be visible, in city centres or along highways. Because it is more frequently reported, sexual exploitation has become the most documented type of trafficking, in aggregate statistics. In comparison, other forms of exploitation are under-reported: forced or bonded labour; domestic servitude and forced marriage; organ removal; and the exploitation of children in begging, the sex trade and warfare.”
An estimated 40.3 million people are enslaved, including 24.9 million in forced labor (including sex) and 15.4 million in forced marriage.
In the United States, 17,000 children are being trafficked (46 children every day).
According to a September 2017 report from the International Labor Organization and Walk Free Foundation, forced labor takes place in many different industries. Of the 16 million trafficking victims exploited for labor:
Forced Labor Industry Sectors
The sectors most frequently documented are agriculture or horticulture, construction, garments and textiles under sweatshop conditions, catering and restaurants, domestic work, entertainment and the sex industry.
Human trafficking also affects food processing, healthcare and contract cleaning.
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Human Trafficking is Big Business
Human trafficking earns profits of roughly $150 billion a year for traffickers, according to the ILO report from 2014. The following is a breakdown of profits, by sector:
While only 19% of victims are trafficked for sex, according to the ILO, sexual exploitation earns 66% of the global profits of human trafficking.
Educational materials and social media images for the 2020 Labeling for Lent Campaign
Resources for the 2020 Labeling for Lent oaCampaign, an effort from the Coalition of Catholic Organizations against Human Trafficking to hep end labor trafficking in the seafood industry:
Presentation from select panelists at NAC's 2019 Human Trafficking Conference
Presentations from select panelists at NAC's 2018 Human Trafficking Conference
Watch video of Good Shepherd Sisters combating sex trafficking in Thailand.
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