8th list of 10: Facts about human trafficking

As I started my 101 entry, I thought I should do something fun. Inspired by Polly, I have decided to make 10 lists of 10; here is number 8.

  1. Human trafficking, also known as “modern day slavery,” is an umbrella term that encompasses several forms of exploitation including debt bondage, sex slavery, forced labor, and trade in human body parts.
  2. No one knows the extent, in terms of people or money, of human trafficking. Estimates globally range from 600,000 to 4 million people.
  3. Even within the U.S., numbers of traffic victims vary depending on your source from 17,000 to 50,000 individuals annually.
  4. After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms trade as the second largest criminal industry in the world, and it is the fastest growing.
  5. Women and girls constitute 70-80% of the victims of human trafficking worldwide with 50% being minors. Men are trafficked too though.
  6. UNICEF reports that every year 1.2 million children are trafficked for a profit of an estimated 10 billion dollars.
  7. Age ranges and education levels vary. Personally, I have worked with or known traffic victims with graduate degrees and men nearing retirement age.
  8. Traffic victims have been identified all over the United States, including in small towns in middle America.
  9. Most agencies have endorsed a multidisciplinary approach to working with victims of human trafficking; however, a truly integrative programming is extremely expensive. Ideally, programs would address legal, medical, addiction, material, economic, and psychological needs.
  10. One researcher explains that a staggering percentage of prostitutes in many western countries are illegal immigrants; more than 50% in Germany and as much as 80% of Dutch prostitutes are foreign born. He surmises that most of these illegal immigrants were trafficked into brothels. Moreover, he argues that all other prostitution could be understood as domestic trafficking due to the violence, the women’s lack of control, and their inability to leave
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9 Comments

  1. July 20, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    Do you know of anyone who has had knowledge or experience regarding human body part trafficking in Thailand? My son was murdered at Bumrungrd Hospital…and I believe, were it not for the intervention of the police, they were intending to harvest his organs…while ALIVE….for sale to the highest bidder!

    Can you help with information?

    Jim Goldberg

  2. Clare said,

    July 27, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    Jim,

    I am truly sorry for what happened to your son. I cannot even begin to imagine what you must be feeling right now. I actually got involved in the counter-trafficking movement after two children I worked with were sold (one we believe was sent for organ harvesting). This obviously cannot even come close to the loss you have felt. Unfortunately I have neither actual information or rumors about organ harvesting in Thailand. I will, however, do a little write up on what is known/ I have read about organ harvesting in August on my new site claresays.wordpress.com. Obviously this will not help you or your son, but I believe that the more information we have out there– the less tragedies like this will take place. Good luck in your journey. I wish you peace. Leave a comment if there is anything else I can do.

    Clare

  3. August 9, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    […] in body parts A bit ago I got a comment from Jim (Thanks Jim!) asking if I knew anything about trafficking in body parts in Thailand. The […]

  4. Clare said,

    August 9, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    Jim, please see my new post over at http://claresays.wordpress.com/2007/08/09/trafficking-in-body-parts/ Its not much. Maybe this way some others will find your site.

  5. rose said,

    May 28, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    i reLLY CANT BELIEVE THIS WOULD AHPPEN TO PEOPLE MY AGE. IM 14 AND EVEN THOUGH I KNEW A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS , SINCE IM DOING A SOCIAL AWARENESS CAMPAIGN FOR SCHOOL I WOULDNT BE ABLE TO IMAGINE WHAT ITS LIKE TO SUFFER LIKE THIS. EVERYTHING I COMPLAIN ABOUT NOW SEEMS SO STUPID COMPARED TO THE LIVES OF THESE POOR KIDS.

  6. Kimberly Henderson said,

    October 23, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    hi, im doing a project on human trafficking. if you have any more facts i could possibly use, please contact me. i want ot help stop this.

    thanks,
    kim

    • nicholas said,

      April 20, 2012 at 2:32 am

      do you have any info on human trafficking in cambodia im doing a project on that to

  7. Kaylee said,

    December 4, 2008 at 6:27 am

    I’m doing a report on human trafficking and I am deeply moved by what happens to everyday people right under our noses. I would love more intormation on this issue.

  8. kurort said,

    February 6, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Thank you very much – these look great!


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