Why Human Trafficking Exists
“Human trafficking is the practice of people being tricked, lured, coerced or otherwise removed from their home or country, and then forced to work with no or low payment or on terms that are highly exploitative. The victims of human trafficking are used in a variety of situations including prostitution, forced labor and other forms of involuntary servitude.” (*1) In other words, human trafficking is the practice of selling humans. The industry of human trafficking generates over $32 billion per year. (*2) This is a global practice.
Abducted and missing children have often been sold by a human trafficker. Parents in developing countries unknowingly give their children away after being deceived that the trafficker will provide a better life for their child. Other families willingly sell their children out of desperation for food for the remainder of their family. Women will agree to take jobs in different countries to escape poverty when in reality they have been sold into a life of prostitution or bondage. This life will continue for them until they have escape, have been rescued or until it is determined by their trafficker that they are no longer useful.
Although these situations are desperate, hope can be tangible for these victims. Many organizations exist to help them escape in a safe ways to a place where they can begin to heal from the terrible psychological and physical effects of having been trafficked. One opportunity given is vocational training among other benefits to aid in their livelihood.
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