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Human Trafficking Resources

Trafficking in human beings is a well-organized and flourishing criminal activity in spite of extensive international efforts to combat it. Global estimates on the number of trafficking victims vary due to the lack of reporting mechanisms as well as the complex and clandestine nature of trafficking. According to experts, the existing legal instruments do not address all the various facets of trafficking and a more holistic and comprehensive approach is needed to eradicate it, starting from the root causes of the problem to the prosecution of traffickers.

The International Labor Organization estimates that over one million children throughout the world fall victim to trafficking each year. Of the roughly 20,000 people who are trafficked to the United States annually, 35-50% are thought to be children. It is also difficult to identify children who have been trafficked from other groups of migrating children. Trafficked children experience different types of abuse, depending on what sort of exploitation they are subjected to.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act, enacted in October 2000, defines "severe forms of trafficking in persons" as:

  1. sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person is induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age; or
  2. the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act was signed into law in January 2006.
This site aims to provide resources such as studies, reports, guides and the latest news on trafficking of children. In the future we hope to include a list of experts and mentors on trafficking cases.

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