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More than 2.5 million women are human trafficked and then sold in open markets all over the world. Human trafficking is illegal buying and selling of human beings mostly for forced labor or for commercial sexual exploitation. This should make all of us think whether women are just market pieces made for forced labor and commercial purposes? Don’t they deserve to live in secured world full of peace and love? Think deep again.

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These are some of the little known facts related to Human Trafficking

3/4th of the human trafficking is done for sex purposes, which the researchers say plays main role in spreading HIV.

At present, there are more human slaves all over than ever before- 13 million children and 27 million adults- more than 80% of them being female.

It is not only done for sex and labor but also for organ harvesting.

Almost 30,000 sex trafficking victims die every year due to disease, abuse, neglect, and torture.

According to UNICEF estimates, around 300,000 children are at present trafficked to serve in various armed conflicts worldwide and more than 70% of them show suicidal tendencies.

“Bad Romance” video by Lady Gaga is made on the subject of human trafficking. Lady Gaga plays the role of a woman trafficked by Russian bathhouse for sex slavery.

In the United States, most human trafficking happens in the states of California, New York, and Florida- women mostly brought in to work in sex industry, domestic servitude, sweatshops, and agricultural work.

Human trafficking would surpass drug trade by the end of this decade.

In almost half of the human trafficking cases, recruiter happened to be a known to the victim and rest being stranger. More than 50% recruiters are men; more than 40% are women and rest being both.

The industry globally has profits between $10 billion to $30 billion- half of them generated from industrialized countries.

Human trafficking happens to be a global phenomenon fueled mostly by poverty, gender discrimination, and even population explosion.

At present, slaves are cheaper than they have ever been in history due to population explosion.

Recruiters look for children on the Internet, through telephones, friends, mall, and even after-school programs as they are easier to become prey and also have a higher demand in market telephone.

Traffickers even work with many corrupt government officials for getting travel documents and even seizing passports.

Every continent is involved in human trafficking, even in Iceland- due to globalization.

U.K.’s The Sunday Telegraph reports that many children are brought to the country as slaves every year.

Japan is said to be largest women sex trafficking market in Asia.

Smuggling is said to be transportation based and trafficking is often exploitation based.

Public places like airports are frequently used by traffickers for “slave auctions,” to sell children and women into prostitution.

The FBI also estimates that more than 100,000 children as well as young women are trafficked in The United States of America today- being in the age bracket of 9 to 19.often from “good” families taken hold by many clever traffickers.

Victims of human trafficking even face several physical risks like forced abortions, miscarriages, drug addiction, contracting STDs, sterility, etc. Also, various psychological effects such as suicidal tendencies, developing clinical depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and personality and dissociative disorders.

In the recent U.S. history, largest human trafficking case came to the fore in 2010 in Hawaii when a labor-recruiting company by the name of Global Horizons Manpower, Inc. bought about 400 immigrants from Thailand in 2004 to work on their farms on the false pretext of getting highly paying work. Instead, the workers’ passports were snatched and they were forced into servitude until their rescue in 2010.

The U.S. State Department’s estimate on human trafficking is that it is one of the biggest human rights challenges related to this century- in United States as well as around the world.

Please share and spread to create awareness against this brutal act. All of us need to join our hands together to oppose this cruelty with world’s brethren.
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