Human trafficking is a major issue that needs to be prevented and stopped altogether, but
unfortunately it is on the rise. People of all genders and ages are being trafficked, with females
typically being victims of sexual exploitation, while boys are usually coerced into forced labor.
U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo has released the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report in 2019 (19 th installment with 187 countries and territories). This report monitors and assesses government efforts to combat human trafficking and highlights strategies to address this crime and protect the victims, on a global scale. The exact statistics are difficult to measure, but several international organizations have estimated that a whopping 77% of trafficking victims are exploited in their own countries.
The United States came out on top in 2018, as being one of the worst places for human trafficking. Most cases are reported in Florida, Texas, California, and Las Vegas. The number of victims being trafficked in the US is between 18000 and 20000 per year. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children claimed that 73% of the 10000 child sex trafficking reports they received contained ads from Backpage, so you can comprehend how the Internet is being used to target such victims.
Did you know that the number of human trafficking victims indentified worldwide have tripled form 30,961 to 100,409 between 2008 and 2017. The two primary forms of exploitation people are trafficked for are forced labor and sexual exploitation, with regional variances on the proportion of each.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) reports that almost 40.3 million victims are trapped due to modern day slavery with 24.9 million being exploited for labor, and 15.4 million forced to marry. When it comes to forced marriage, 37% of those are children. Around 71% of trafficking victims around the world are females, with 29% making up males. 30.2 million victims, around 75%, are aged 18 or older, with the number of children under the age of 18 estimated at 10.1 million or 25%. Moreover, 21% victims of sexual exploitation are children. 16 million, around 64%, of forced labor victims work in domestic work, construction or agriculture.
The Anti-Sexual Violence and Human Trafficking services and prevention agency, called More Too Life also and Open Door Doors Outreach Network Provider was is founded in 2006 by Dr. Brook Parker-Bello who is an author, film-maker, civil rights leader and champion survivor from domestic minor sex-trafficking. She has worked closely with governments, nations, NGO’s, authorities to prevent trafficking and educate victims and violators and at risk youth with an incredible team, some contracted via Voices for Florida, apart from influencing key legislation in Florida and nationally to ensure that children can’t be labeled as prostitutes as well as not legalizing prostitution along with the need to provide prevention for at-risk youth, plus men and boys.