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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Human Trafficking is Real: Girls make up two thirds of all trafficked children

Trafficking in persons is a worldwide menace. Trafficking in persons victimizes millions of men, women, and children worldwide. 

Although precise numbers are unknown, recent estimates of the number of people enslaved in sex or labor exploitation and enslaved for the removal of organs range from 12 to 27 million. Human trafficking is a violation of human rights that reduces human beings to the status of commodities to be bought and sold. It is fueled by demand for money, prostitution and cheap labor. Human trafficking is facilitated by greed, porous borders, absent rule of law, failure to prosecute traffickers, complicity of corrupt officials, and misuse of modern communication technology.

In October 2012 the Government of Nigeria, jointly with UNODC and the European Union, has launched a nationwide three-year anti-human trafficking campaign. Entitled "I am Priceless", the campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the reality, dangers and possible impact of irregular migration, as a consequence of either being smuggled or being a victim of trafficking in persons. The "I am Priceless” campaign also supports the Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking.

There are regional variations in trafficking trends. Countries in Africa and in Asia generally intercept more cases of trafficking for forced labor, while sexual exploitation is somewhat more frequent in Europe and in the Americas. The United States is a destination and transit point for some trafficking victims. Human trafficking rates are high in New York, Texas, California and Florida. Human trafficking puts in danger millions of children, women, and men to prostitution, pornography, sex tourism, and forced domestic service.

Trafficking in persons can impede efforts to improve health, increase economic growth, achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment and can pose a threat to lifetime prospects for youth.

Need help? United States:
  1. 1-888-373-7888

    National Human Trafficking Resource Center

    SMS: 233733 (Text "HELP" or "INFO")
    Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
    Languages: English, Spanish and 200 more languages

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