Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar illegal industry that affects over 21 million human beings each year.
Human trafficking is currently ranked as the #2 most profitable illicit trade in the world, just ahead of weapons, and just below drugs. Many experts predict that it will soon claim the #1 position.
Sex trafficking, mostly of women and young girls and boys, is the largest faction of human trafficking. Others are indentured servitude, and using trafficked victims as organ donors on the black market.
Many think that human trafficking means that a victim has to be transported from one place to another, kidnapped, abducted, shipped to another country, and so on. This is far from the truth. A person might become a victim of human trafficking and never leave their hometown, or even their own house. Oftentimes, though, it is the dramatic abductions that catch our attention.
Oftentimes, the perception is that human trafficking is an affliction that affects mostly third world countries, but skips the more developed ‘westernized’ first world countries. This is very false, in that it affects every country on every continent worldwide, and the trafficking will take different forms in each country and community so that the traffickers can stay in business.
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