Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. Victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade and adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts. Then, there is labor trafficking where some are forced into different forms of “labor or services,” such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will. Even human organs are trafficked. The factors that each of these situations have in common are elements of force, fraud, or coercion that are used to control people. Then, that control is tied to inducing someone into commercial sex acts, or labor or services. Numerous people in the field have summed up the concept of human trafficking as “compelled service.” Every year, human traffickers generate billions of dollars in profits by victimizing millions of people around the world. Human trafficking is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world.
Sex trafficking is one of these forms of human trafficking and occurs when people are forced or coerced into the commercial sex trade against their will, including children. Sex traffickers frequently target vulnerable people with histories of abuse and then use violence, threats, lies, false promises, debt bondage, or other forms of control and manipulation to keep victims involved in the sex industry. Sex trafficking exists within the broader commercial sex trade, often at much larger rates than most people realize or understand.
Sex trafficking has been found in a wide variety of venues of the sex industry. Some use brothels, online escort services, or strip clubs. Others use fake businesses as a front, street prostitution, or hostess clubs. These victims are held against their will in dangerous situations.
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Thank you for posting this. I think that most of us are not aware of the extent of human trafficking and my eyes have certainly been opened by you. I shall return often to read more of your posts.
Thank you also for reading and liking my blog.
Thank you so much for your encouraging comments. I have learned much just researching each topic. I thank God that I have not experienced all of these abuses and pray daily for all of those victims of the multitude of abuses out there. Abuse of any kind is wrong. No one should be abused. I pray that eyes will be opened to the problem.. Many blessings to you!!
I watched a documentary on human trafficking. After one woman ( a wife and mother) was released after several months by her captors ( she had been lured into Turkey for an honest job and was tricked into a violent brothel), one of her captors was captured and brought to trial. However, his sentence was a small fine and probation and freedom to return to his business. The corrupt Turkish justice system was probably paid off. Despite her term of abuse, the victim was at least fortunate enough to be back with her family (although there would be a heavy psychological toll.) A majority of other victims will never see freedom. Be on your guard, ladies!
Thank you so much for your comment. With victim blaming, so many people do not realize that many of these victims are kidnapped and held hostage to commit these acts. I have read that the life expectancy of these girls trapped in human trafficking is only a few years after being taken. I pray for these victims and that this will be stopped. Thank you my friend!!
There are some faith based organizations that have outreaches to help those victims of human trafficking. Joyce Meyer is one, and Lisa Bevere has been quite vocal about this abuse and has made a difference.
Thank you so much. Yes, there are several and I want to learn more about how to help them. I am still praying for Secret Angel Houses where we will be able to help many victims… All in God’s timing though.. Thanks my friend for your support.
I like the idea of Secret Angel houses. We were developing Encouragement houses for short term help to those who are getting their lives back. may God bless your efforts.
Thank you so much Pastor Sharon. I appreciate your prayers. Please continue to pray for my book for the majority of proceeds will go into the making of these, It is all in God’s Hands…
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Thank you for highlighting this abuse. As a Canadian I know it happens in my own country. I believe the more people know of this abuse we can stop this. Thank you from the bottom of my heart💟
Thanks for your support. I agree that knowledge is one of our first defenses. The Lord said, “My people perish for lack of knowledge” and that includes many things, even this. God bless you!