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What is Human Trafficking?
It means people are being bought and sold
1.2 million children are victims of human trafficking every year. They’re sexually exploited, sacrificed, made child brides or workers in sweatshops, used for farm labor, and forced to beg. They are taken or deceived, purchased, sold, and transported with some trafficking groups switching their cargo from drugs to humans.
It's an exponential market
As the second largest source of illegal income worldwide, human trafficking is the fastest growing international crime. 9.1 million men, women, and children are trafficked at any moment.
Victims are persuaded to comply by threats and force. Traffickers instill deep fear in their victims by threatening family, physically abusing them, and torturing them.
The United Nations of Office on Drugs and Crime defines it as:
"The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, 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 or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation"
Sources from www.stopthetraffik.org
At the PLNU Center for Justice and Reconciliation we are engaged in the issue of human trafficking locally, nationally and internationally providing leadership in research and community organizing. The CJR also launched the Beauty for Ashes Fund.
From the Blog
Join us at Mission Church of The Nazarene on Thursday, August 20th at 6:30 pm, as we discuss the latest data regarding federal sex trafficking in San Diego, and the next steps for CAT! Dr. Jamie Gates will be discussing newly released data from a large-scale, two year Federal Grant recently completed by USD and […]
I’m standing in a small kitchen washing dishes for a family I’ve known for only three hours and I’m introduced to this new sense of home in my heart. I sit back down at the round dining table, and I’m surrounded by a group of familiar strangers. As Crystal goes on about fermenting her own […]
On Tuesday, October 21 the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a report on the multifaceted aspects of human trafficking in San Diego. According to the District Attorney’s office, San Diego is the 13th highest child prostitution areas in the country. They are quoting Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) data. This effort started with […]