Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal activity in the world and is the 2nd largest criminal activity with drug trafficking being number one. Human trafficking can be in the form of labor or commercial sexual exploitation.
Sex trafficking, is a form of modern-day slavery in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act is under the age of 18 years.
24 Million people are currently in labor or sex slavery across the world.
Approximately 800,000 people are trafficked across national borders, which does not include millions trafficked within their own countries (TVPA 2007).
Annually at least 100,000 children are forced into the sex trade, some experts believe the number is closer 300,000 children each year (Shared Hope 2006).
Enactment of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) made sex trafficking a serious violation of Federal law. Any person induced to perform a commercial sex act and has not attained 18 years of age is deemed a victim of sex trafficking. As defined by the TVPA, the term ‘commercial sex act’ means any sex act on account of which anything of value is given to or received by any person(http://www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking/about/fact_sex.html).
“Human trafficking is a highly complex, multi-dimensional problem which implicates social, economic, education, health, and political and criminological sectors in societies where it occurs.” (Worldvision 2009)
Sex trafficking is the GLOBALIZATION of prostitution.