By definition, human trafficking is the trade of human beings, primarily for the purposes of forced labor and sexual exploitation. It is thought to be one of the world's fastest growing criminal industries. It affects every nation across the globe.
There are an estimated 27 million men, women, and children in bondage across the globe that are being exploited for manual and sexual labor. In 2008, approximately 2.5 million people were being traded amongst 137 countries. As of 2004, an average between $7 billion and $9.5 billion is generated every year from this illegal institution. Typically when developed countries hear of human trafficking, they believe it to be only a problem in poverty stricken areas. While the majority of this may occur in third world nations, a significant portion of this happens in our own backyard. 17,500 men, women, and children are being trafficked into the United States each year.
The average entry into prostitution is 12-14 years old. One of the more depressing facts is that approximately 35% of those trafficked are under the age of 18. This typically occurs when traffickers take advantage of a family’s poverty by forcing the parents to sell their child into bondage.
Countries with legalized prostitution are associated with high human trafficking inflows. While trafficking inflows may be lower where prostitution is criminalized, there may be severe repercussions for those working in the industry. Unfortunately, it is easier to find and punish those who are forced into prostitution, instead of the ones who are truly responsible.
Our company is working to stop individuals from becoming victims of human trafficking. We aim to protect survivors of human trafficking by providing a safe environment and job opportunities to give them the life that is intended for them to live. Educating the next generation about the dangers and reality of human trafficking is key to ending this despicable institution.
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