Human trafficking is the fastest growing, multi-billion dollar criminal industry today.
An estimated 40 million people are enslaved worldwide.*
Human trafficking occurs when real people are
for someone else’s profit or pleasure.
“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).
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*The estimate of 40.3 million people in modern day slavery originates from the International Labor Organization and Walk Free Foundation. It is currently the most commonly cited statistic.