What is Human Trafficking
From commercial sexual exploitation to debt bondage, organ removal, and beyond, human trafficking is the catch-all term for contemporary forms of forced labor and slavery.
It’s tempting to think of human trafficking as if it’s simply a matter of evil individuals preying on gullible victims. The reality is more complex. Mass migration and migration laws, poverty and desperation, lack of opportunities, radical inequalities at local, national, and global levels, corruption, sexism, racism, greed, and a global economy that seeks profit from exploitation all contribute to the epidemic of human trafficking.
International laws set standards that enable multinational collaboration in combating this global injustice. In 2000, the United Nations Palermo Protocol made it international law that any child under age 18 offering sexual services in the commercial sex industry is considered a trafficked person, regardless of the conditions of recruitment or work.