Human trafficking is the exploitation of people through forced labor or sexual exploitation by means of force, fraud, or coercion. It is modern day slavery.
Adults and children can be trafficked for many different forms of exploitation, such as forced labour, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude and coerced into criminal behaviour..
Traffickers recruit, transport and exploit their victims for the sole purpose of personal gain, often to make large amounts of money, or to obtain free services or labour.
Traffickers target people from all social and economic backgrounds. There is no one ‘face of human trafficking’. However, the majority of victims of human trafficking worldwide are women and children, and factors such as poverty and lack of opportunities increase potential victims’ susceptibility to being trafficked.