Human trafficking has become a buzzword in recent years, and for good reason. The concept of slavery in a so-called “civilized” modern world is so appalling and repulsive that it makes us either stick our heads in the sand in an attempt to ignore it, or arm ourselves to the teeth to declare war upon it.
In order to make that decision, we must have an answer to the question: what is human trafficking? Here is a summary for basic reference.
Human Trafficking Definition
The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons (Article 3 paragraph a) defines Trafficking in Persons 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.
What is Human Trafficking…In Simplified Terms
Human trafficking is modern day slavery. Exploitation is the key element, whether a person is moved across a border or not. People are trafficked for sex, labour, servitude, or the removal of organs. Victims are unable to leave due to physical factors – like being locked up or having a drug dependency, or mental/emotional factors – like fearing punishment or fearing for their family’s safety. When a person exploits another’s vulnerability in to abuse their power and make a profit, it is considered human trafficking.
Pull Factors: Causes of Human Trafficking
Push Factors: What Makes People Vulnerable
- Economic inequality
- Broken families
- Abuse in the home
- Cultural norms and prejudices
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