Human trafficking is a subject which never gets enough discussion. Despite this, it is one of the most pressing issues facing modern scoeity. For those who have never heard the term before, human trafficking refers to the illegal smuggling and trade of human beings for the purposes of forced labour, sexual exploitation or organ harvesting.
According to a report conducted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), forced labour alone generates an estimated $ 150 billion in annual profits. In 2012, the ILO estimated that 21 million victims of trafficking are slaves.
Human trafficking is thought to be one of the fastest-growing activities of criminal organisations, and the consequences for victims often prove fatal. Furthermore, the psychological effects upon victims are deeply debilitating.
Many women trapped in the sex trafficking industry are underage and have already experienced prior sexual abuse. Traffickers commonly take advantage of girls by using force or coercion, but also lure them in on the promises of love, security or protection. It can be difficult to spot a victim, and even rarer for them to escape their detainers.
However, sometimes there is a chance for a victim to flee confinement. This week a quick-thinking flight attendant managed to rescue an unfortunate teen from a life of forced bondage, after recognising her as a victim of traffickers.
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