Sex Explotation in Human Trafficking

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Types, Causes and Effects Human Trafficking Human trafficking is a serious crime that goes on in almost every country in the world. Within this site, we hope to teach you about human trafficking and its effects. But first, what is human trafficking? The United Nations, Drugs and Crime publication "Coalitions against Trafficking in Human Beings in the Philippines" defines human trafficking as: • the act(ion) of: recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or reception of persons; • means of: threat or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability, or giving payments or benefits to a person in control of the victim; • the purpose of exploitation, which includes exploiting the prostitution of others, other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or similar practices, and the removal of organs. (pg. 34) Human trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of slavery, labor or the removal of organs. It is a lucrative industry representing billions each year and it affects every country and most socio-economic levels. Traffickers have initiated a market for the trade of humans based on the high returns for sex and low priced labor. Human trafficking affects over 161 countries worldwide. Over 20 million men, women and children are trafficked for sex or labor around the world. Traffickers move their victims within their own countries and across international borders if it represents a profitable gain. Victims of sexual trafficking are usually people found in extreme circumstances such as homelessness, runaways, refugees, tourists, kidnap victims and drug addicts. Traffickers also referred to as pimps, exploit the most vulnerable while promising lucrative gain for the victims such as marriage, education, work, money or an overall better quality of life. Unfortunately, the outcome is
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