HUMAN TRAFFICKING could be happening in your backyard

Most of us would imagine that human trafficking involves someone being kidnapped, moved across borders and exploited by strangers. This can be the case, but most people are trafficked within their own countries, cities and towns and coerced into exploitation by somebody they know.

The abuse, exploitation and trafficking of vulnerable people and children are thought to be amongst the most widespread crimes in the world, affecting millions of men, women and children each day.



Human Trafficking

The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring 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 (UNODC).

Sexual Exploitation

Any actual or attempted abuse of position of vulnerability, differential power or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another (UN). Mostly women and girls are coerced into sex work or sexually abusive situations where victims are placed into off-street brothels, forced to see many clients, and receive either little or no money. Often, victims of sexual exploitation moved around the country to different pop-up brothels.

Forced Labor

All work or service which is exacted from any person under the threat of a penalty and for which the person has not offered themselves voluntarily (ILO). Often people are lured to their ‘employment’ by false promises of a better life, and can’t leave because of threats or debt bondage. Victims are forced to work very long hours and hand over all of their wages to their traffickers or controllers.

Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Physical abuse of a child, such as rape; sexual assault or other physical contact of a sexual nature with a child; grooming a child as a precursor to sexual activity; the exploitative use of children in prostitution or other unlawful sexual exploitation; the making, sharing or viewing of indecent images and videos of children (National Crime Agency).


Oree’s Story

Child Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking – USA