Human trafficking is slavery. Men, women, and children of every race, nationality, and religion are sold, stolen, and bought… throughout the world.
According to the United States Department of Justice, human trafficking is the “third most profitable criminal activity. An estimated $9.5 billion is generated in annual revenue from all trafficking activities.”
While it’s generally accepted among governments and experts that there are as many as 27 million slaves throughout the world at any given time, precise data is scarce. We rely heavily on statistics from prosecutions, arrests, and services provided to survivors.
Sex trafficking is the most commonly known form of human trafficking. But there are many types of human trafficking that afflict this world:
labor trafficking & sweatshops • fisheries & agricultural trades • domestic servitude • organ theft • child soldiery • child marriages • forced street begging • baby-selling rings • mail-order brides • child camel jockeying
While anyone can fall prey to human traffickers, the vast majority of trafficking stems from underlying root causes:
poverty • refugees or displaced people • social, sex, and economic inequality • religion and social/societal norms • natural and man-made disasters • war, civil unrest, and political upheaval • vulnerable and marginalized individuals
Regardless of demographics or the circumstance of their trafficking, the common thread among all trafficking victims is the deprivation of inherent human rights and dignity. These individuals are frequently subjected to physical, mental, emotional and sexual abuse. They are considered possessions to be used and exploited repeatedly for the traffickers’ gain. They are threatened, coerced, and lied to. These degradations, combined with enslavement and inhumane living conditions, often lead to severe physical and mental deterioration with nearly all victims in desperate need of medical and mental health care.
Freedom First Federation (3F) manages The Global Database of Human Trafficking Programs & Resources wherein we strive to captures all trafficking-related programs around the globe. By cataloging each initiative, we are able to extrapolate valuable data on what programs exist, where they operate, where the gaps in services lie, what and where resources are needed, and best practices. This data will help us to generate greater international cohesion and cooperation as well as produce better programs for treating trafficking survivors in addition to preventing victimization.
3F also manages The International Advisory Council which is dedicated solely to addressing the underlying causes of human trafficking. We believe that trafficking is eradicable only by finding solutions to these root causes. Therefore, the IAC members are problem-solvers who understand the risks and challenges in their regions, the resources at their disposal and the resources needed, and have developed a solution for one of the underlying precipitators of trafficking – no matter the place or size. These individuals have solutions; the IAC provides a platform for sharing these solutions.