“Human trafficking is the movement of people by means such as force, fraud, coercion or deception, with the aim of exploiting them. It is a form of slavery”- from the website Unseen. Their link is here: http://www.unseenuk.org/about/the-problem/human-trafficking. As you can see on the site, there are at least 5 types of trafficking, though the one we hear about in the press the most is sex trafficking. Terrible as it is, there is also trafficking for one’s organs or children to be used as child soldiers.(1) As many of us in the western world are just hearing of it, the numbers are yet still increasing.(2 ibid), (3). Worldwide, the numbers are huge and variable upwards of 21 million(4) – 35 million(5) . “As the U.S. State Department notes its estimate doesn’t include those ‘millions of victims around the world who are trafficked within their own national borders.’ “(6) Closer to home, “in the UK in 2015 3,266 people were identified as potential victims of trafficking.”(7) Of the 3,266, children were 982 of them.(8). Of course the actual numbers of real life victims could be much larger than recorded due to victims not realizing they were in fact at one time trafficked and not divulging the information due to fear being in the situation and/or shame once getting out, if they ever manage it.
(1)K.P. Yohannan No Longer A Slumdog, (United States of America 2011),page 156; (2) Ibid; (3)United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) , www.undoc.org/undoc/dataandanalysis/glotip.html Trafficking in Persons, 2016; (4)Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn Half The Sky, (United States, 2009), Page 10; (5) vanPinxteren, Elsien http://dash.harvard.edu/handle/1/21554920, 2015 page 5; (6)Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn Half The Sky, (United States, 2009), Page 10; (7)(UNODC), www.undoc.org/undoc/dataanalysis/glotip.html Trafficking in Persons, 2016; (8)Ibid.