Sometimes things are not what they seem. Men, women and children are trafficked – tricked, forced and exploited in the sex industry each and every day. This video was created by Duval Guillaume Modem, in support of STOP THE TRAFFIK, a global movement of individuals, communities and organizations fighting to prevent human trafficking around the world.
It is estimated that there are more than 21 million human trafficking victims worldwide. The most common form of human trafficking (79%) is sexual exploitation, where victims are predominantly women and girls. Almost 20% of all trafficking victims are children.
The second most common form of human trafficking is forced labor (18%), although it’s likely that this number is underreported, because forced labor is less frequently detected than trafficking for sexual exploitation.
One of the most startling findings presented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is that women make up the largest proportion of traffickers. In some parts of the world, women trafficking women is the norm. Female offenders have a more prominent role in present-day slavery than in most other forms of crime.
This isn’t just a faraway problem only affecting the developing world, it is estimated that 100,000 American citizen children are victims of human trafficking within U.S. borders.
Organizations like STOP THE TRAFFIK, along with the United Nations, are working hard to increase awareness of human trafficking among governments, the private sector, and the public at large. Learn how to SPOT THE TRAFFIK here, and be a part of the solution.