The Reality of Trafficking Children

According to recent studies Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery that involves the illegal trade of human beings for the purpose of some form of forced exploitation. The United Nations Office On Drugs and Crime (UNODC) defines human trafficking as any form of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring, or receiving a person by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, or deception.1

There are approximately 800,000 people trafficked across international borders annually and, of these, 80% are women or girls and 50% are minors.2

Perceptions of human trafficking often involve women forced into prostitution. This is just one aspect of human trafficking. Survivors of trafficking also include men and children, and these survivors are exploited by any number of means. Victims may be forced into any of the following types of labor, among others:

• domestic servitude
• agricultural work
• manufacturing
• janitorial services
• hotel services
• construction
• health and elder care
• hair and nail salons
• prostitution
• strip club dancing

Child Commercial Sex Trade

There can be no exceptions and no cultural or socioeconomic rationalizations that prevent the rescue of children from sexual servitude. Sex trafficking has devastating consequences for minors, including long-lasting physical and psychological trauma, disease (including HIV/ AIDS), drug addiction, unwanted pregnancy, malnutrition, social ostracism, and possible death.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) is the sexual exploitation of children for the commercial gain of some person(s). CSEC includes all child prostitution as well as child pornography. This is not human trafficking per se, as some forms of CSEC such as child pornography are not always a form of human trafficking. Most forms of CSEC, however, are forms of human trafficking, such as child sex trafficking.

Child Sex Tourism (CST) is one form of “demand” for victims of child sex trafficking. It involves people who travel from their own country—often a country where child sexual exploitation is illegal or culturally abhorrent— to another country where they engage in commercial sex acts with children. CST is a shameful assault on the dignity of children and a form of violent child abuse. It often involves trafficking, as a trafficking crime likely was committed in the provision of the child for the sex tourist’s exploitation.

Sex trafficking; has been found in a wide variety of venues within the commercial sex industry, including residential brothels, escort services, fake massage businesses, strip clubs, and street prostitution. Minors under the age of 18 engaging in commercial sex are considered victims of human trafficking, regardless of the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Minors engaging in “survival sex” to obtain basic necessities such as food, shelter, milk for babies or transportation are also considered victims.

Labor trafficking; has been found in diverse labor settings, including domestic work in hotels, massage parlors, nail salons, small businesses, large farms, and factories.

Organ trafficking; is "the recruitment, transport, transfer, harboring or receipt of living or deceased persons or their organs by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability.

POINT • A number of organizations, including the Department of Defense have characterized human trafficking as the world's fastest growing crime. It is headed to becoming the second largest crime industry globally.

POINT • According to the United Nations (UN) Office on Drugs and Crime, women make up a relatively large share of convicted traffickers when compared to most other crimes. In fact, the UN claimed court cases have shown that while the majority of trafficking victims are women and girls, women are also "commonly involved in the trafficking of women and girls, in particular." Specifically, data showed that women are often used to recruit other women and children into trafficking.

POINT • According to Human Trafficking Search, a human trafficking victim can be a victim of both sexual exploitation and forced labor. The most common forms of sex and labor trafficking are, according to Polaris, illicit massage businesses, bars, strip clubs, or cantinas, and other more broadly defined "illicit activities..."

Reference

1. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, authors. Human trafficking and migrant smuggling. [Accessed March 6, 2013].

2. Dovydaitis T. Human trafficking: the role of the health care provider. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2010;55:462–467.

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