Human Trafficking Facts:
“We are, if anything, totally democratic when it comes to owning and abusing our fellow human beings. All that’s required is the chance of a profit and a person weak enough and vulnerable enough to enslave.” – Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter
Human beings are trafficked via various means of transportation, such as vehicles, planes, ships etc. There are, in fact, no limits to how persons are trafficked around the world. There are cases where people have been trafficked from Africa to America, without even getting caught by customs or other authorities. The level of criminal genius involved in transporting persons across borders is limitless and filled with various levels of manipulation. Border patrols are bribed into letting traffickers in and out of, for example, Europe, closing their eyes when the same women are moved in and out and around Europe.
Trafficked persons are used for a great deal of things, though what they are used for more specifically depends on their gender, age, and whether or not the trafficking situation is on international or national terms.
Trafficked children are in some cases used in organized pick-pocketing and begging in some countries, whilst in others they are used as factory workers, miners, and even as child soldiers. Sadly, their age has no apparent effect on whether or not they are used for sexual exploitation. The grimmest form of work children are used for is in the child-pornography or prostitution industry. Young girls are especially used within prostitution as traffickers can use them at all ages. Once the young woman becomes too old to be economically beneficial as a prostitute, she can be used as a domestic worker or alike, unless she is disposed of.
Trafficked men and women are in some cases used for the same type of work, such as hard agricultural labor, domestic work, industrial work, and sex work. However, as current research shows, most trafficked women are used in prostitution. There are cases where men have been forced into prostitution, however, most of the trafficked men have been found in the cleaning industry and other industries alike.