“It is up to each and every one of us to raise our voice against crimes that deprive countless victims of their liberty, dignity and human rights. We have to work together to … give meaning to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that ‘no one shall be held in slavery or servitude.'” – Ban Ki-moon
“Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings for the purposes of reproductive slavery, commercial sexual exploitation, forced labor, or another form of modern-day slavery [such as illegal, unwanted organ trafficking]. – Dictionary.com
Sadly, It is estimated that there are approximately 27 million slaves around the world (half of which are under the age of 18) (11 Facts about Human Trafficking). According to Polaris Project, “Human trafficking affects every country around the world, regardless of socio-economic status, history, or political structure. Human traffickers have created an international market for the trade in human beings based on high profits and demand for commercial sex and cheap labor. Trafficking is estimated to be a $32 billion dollar a year industry, affecting [at least] 161 countries worldwide.” (International Trafficking)
While in Switzerland, I along with four other Virginia Tech students researched the social, economic, and political effects of human trafficking in Europe (especially that in The Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Sweden). Now, at the end of our semester, we have a professional paper outlining our findings. We also have a strategy to engage American college students in advocating for and fighting against human trafficking through a newly developed interactive curriculum/organization.
If you would like to see the sex trafficking/prostitution policy in a list of 100 countries you can click here to see a great webpage.
11 Facts about Human Trafficking. (n.d.). Retrieved 11 16, 2011, from http://www.DoSomething.org: http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-human-trafficking
International Trafficking. (n.d.). Retrieved 11 16, 2011, from Polaris Project: http://www.polarisproject.org/human-trafficking/international-trafficking