What is Sex Trafficking?

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) defines human trafficking as the act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring, or receiving a person through the use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them. A large part of human trafficking includes sex trafficking where women, men, and children are sexually exploited through prostitution, pornography, stripping, live-sex, and sex tourism. Many trafficking victims are forced to work in brothels or they are sold as sexual slave, a majority of them are under the age of 18.

Though exact statistics are difficult to obtain due to the nature of the crime, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that the minimum number of persons in forced labor, including sexual exploitation, at any given time is 2.5 million and growing. Victims are lured by the promise of a good job in another country, false marriage proposals, sold by their parents/husbands, or they are kidnapped. These persons are then subjected to starvation, confinement, physical abuse, rape, gang rape, threat of violence to their families, and forced drug use.

One Response to What is Sex Trafficking?

  1. MEA Miles says:

    Horrific stats, not sure what date this was written, do you have updated information/sources for these numbers as I’d be interested to know more on the current state (it’s 2013) of the situation. I’ve got a feeling though that not much will have changed, sadly.

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