Define the Issue
What rights are being violated?
Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity. It involves an act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harbouring or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Trafficking is defined as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the 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. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs. •
Where in the world is this occurring?
Currently, the regions of the world with the most severe trafficking problems are Southeast Asia, South Asia, the former Soviet Republics, but every country in the world is involved in the web of human trafficking. Most of the victims come from poorer countries, which serve primarily as ‘source countries’ or countries of origin. Richer nations, such as the US, Australia, or Japan, are primarily ‘destination countries’, where victims are taken to. Many countries serve as ‘transit countries’, where victims are held temporarily en route to destination countries. For example, many women from the former Soviet republics are trafficked to the US through Mexico. Israel is another transit country for people sold into Europe. The FBI estimates that as many as 18,000 are trafficked into the US each year, to work in brothels, strip clubs, nail salons and massage parlors, or as domestic servants,...
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