I was reading a UNODC Trafficking in Persons report and I came across a fact that truly alarmed me. It’s one of those things that made me feel an even greater urgency to put an end to this crime called human trafficking.
Human trafficking is defined as the illegal trade of human beings for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor.
It is a $32 billion industry affecting 161 countries.
80% of those trafficked are women and most of these are trafficked for sexual exploitation.
In all crimes, the majority of perpetrators are men. But what really shocked me about human trafficking is that though men are the majority, there is a higher percentage of women engaged in this crime than in any other crime.
Human nature would tell me that because women are the ones being mostly victimized in human trafficking, women would be the last people to help in propagating it. However, the facts say opposite.
It is difficult to be judgmental because many of these women, are themselves former trafficked individuals who find themselves being traffickers as a way to escape the anguish of being trafficked. Many of them are also former prostitutes who also view this path as a form of escape. Traffickers are ok with this because women tend to do a better job of nurturing that fake trust while luring potential victims and this is SCARY.
To me, this points out the deep and almost inescapable snare that the world of trafficking poses for victims and those vulnerable to it. It also, as mentioned earlier, incites a new level of urgency to help prevent and rescue victims of this crime.
You can help in many ways. One of them is getting educated on the crime and you can read the UNODC report here.
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