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. During high profile and sporting events with the influx of hundreds and thousands of people, exploitation can increase.

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.

GLOBAL STATISTICS

KEY DEFINITIONS

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).