Slavery is alive and well in the land of the free. With human trafficking now a multi-billion-dollar industry worldwide and cases increasing in the United States, activists are trying to squash the myth that most women who work as prostitutes do so because they want to. Nearly 9, cases in the U. But this data is incomplete, as cases are severely underreported.
Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation in NYS
Human trafficking and exploitation: A global health concern
Human trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labour , sexual slavery , or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others. Human trafficking is a crime against the person because of the violation of the victim's rights of movement through coercion and because of their commercial exploitation. Of these, Statistics shows that over half of the world's million young workers are observed to be in hazardous sectors, including forced sex work and forced street begging. Human trafficking is thought to be one of the fastest-growing activities of trans-national criminal organizations.
It should always be borne in mind by any practitioner that a child subject to Human Trafficking is considered by the trafficker as a commodity and a source of income that they have in many cases paid for, or invested time and expense in recruiting or grooming for their benefit. If they lose that source of income or benefit they may go looking for it, so any child removed from a place or situation of exploitation may still be at risk from the trafficker. The indicators are not definitive and the same indicators could be present in more than one type of exploitation, just as the child victims could be subject to more than one type of exploitation. However one vulnerability is present in all forms of child trafficking that is the imbalance of power between the trafficker and the victim, in some situations this could leave the child vulnerable to sexual exploitation which may not be apparent at first contact this possibility must always be foremost in a responders mind. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation.