Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry today.
An estimated 27 million people are sold into slavery each year.

 

Basic Definition:

Human trafficking occurs when real people are

  • BOUGHT,
  • SOLD, OR
  • RENTED

for someone else’s profit or pleasure.

Expanded Definition:

“Trafficking in persons" means the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.

- The United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Trans-national Organized Crime (2000).

 
 
Courtesy of the Province of British Columbia's Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons

Courtesy of the Province of British Columbia's Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons

 

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