Human trafficking is a pandemic that is sweeping the world.
Human Trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons: by the threat or use of kidnapping, force, fraud, deception or coercion, or by the giving or receiving of unlawful payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, and for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor.
After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with illegal arms as the second largest criminal industry in the world, and it is growing rapidly. It is estimated that upwards of 30,000,000 people worldwide are trafficked persons, which is more than double the number of people trafficked during the entire trans-Atlantic slave trade. Trafficked persons are roughly eighty-percent female and over half of them are children, including 1,000,000 children in the sex trade alone.
Human trafficking is often called 'the invisible crime' because it takes place all around us, and we don't notice the signs.