What is human trafficking?

What is human trafficking?

The official definition, taken from The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.

What is human trafficking?

What is human trafficking?

We like Kevin Bales definition: Slavery: being forced to work without pay, under the threat of violence, and being unable to walk away.

A Global Issue

A Global Issue

Human trafficking is illegal internationally, but happens in every country in the world. Enslavement, forced labor, and human trafficking are illegal by international law, but cases of all three appear in every country in the world.

Human Trafficking in Production

Human Trafficking in Production

Forced labor and child labor support many products sold in developed countries.  If you own a smartphone or computer, wear clothes made with cotton, or drink coffee regularly, your lifestyle is supported by modern day slavery.

Lucrative Industry

Lucrative Industry

Human trafficking is a $150 billion industry. That's more than Google, Nike, Xerox, and Starbucks combined.

WHAT IS AN ABOLITIONIST?

An abolitionist is a person who advocates for the abolition of slavery. The term 'abolitionist' is largely considered a historical one, but only by those who are not aware that slavery still exists. The Abolitionist Movement educates and spreads awareness to combat and prevent human trafficking.  

YOU ARE NEEDED IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING. 

People exploit human trafficking victims when they buy products made by forced or child labor or when they contribute to the demand for the sex industry (i.e., purchasing sex, watching porn, etc).

Most of us fall into one or both of those categories. Combatting human trafficking begins with eradicating slave-made products from your lifestyle.

Take the Slavery Footprint Test to find out how many slaves contribute to your lifestyle.