“I know what it means, it just happened to me. I was being sold as though I was cattle. I was being captured and stripped of all my dignity and self-control”
– Trafficked Victim
Human Trafficking is the fastest and largest growing crime in the world today. A crime that is in the trade of humans; exploiting lives for money. Unfortunately, Human Trafficking is prevalent in many countries around the world. It is a market-based economy that exists on principles of supply and demand…high profits are generated at fairly low risks.
The most widely accepted definition of Human Trafficking is found in the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons. It is ‘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.’
In the most simplest terms, Human Trafficking is a criminal activity in which human beings are treated as possessions to be controlled and exploited.