Modern Slavery is work of any kind or sexual activity forced upon children, women and men. These people do not have the freedom to leave their work; they are enslaved. This term is not an official legal term - it serves to communicate the inequality experienced by those within its grasp.
Types of Modern Slavery
Human trafficking and modern slavery are interchangeable terms encompassing the acts of both labor trafficking and sex trafficking. Human trafficking is the transportation, recruitment or harboring of people for the purpose of exploitation, use of violence, threats, or coercion. Human trafficking includes both sex and labor trafficking. Note: These definitions are compiled from Antislavery International, DHS Blue Campaign, The Walk Free Foundation, Polaris, and the State Department.
Traffickers force victims into these acts through coercion, fraud, false promises, and any combination of the latter.
Also referred to as forced labor is any work or services which people are forced to do while under threat of punishment.
Which type of trafficking is the most prevalent?
Labor trafficking demonstrates the broadest reach, as it is embedded within supply chains which produce products that are spread worldwide. Two-thirds of labor trafficking victims are located in the Asia-Pacific region, which is home to many global supply chains.
How does one become a victim of human trafficking?
Traffickers lure their victims through false promises of a better life; these false promises lure in women, men, children and adults from foreign countries and the U.S. All of these individuals are vulnerable to the point where they’re searching for stability of some kind. This can be economic, social, labor, education or love. Those viewed as minorities within the population are more vulnerable to trafficking than others. To read more about victims see this report by Polaris.
How can you make a difference?
Although human trafficking is a global issue, it can be combated on all levels. This begins with your day to day actions. You can be conscientious of the supply chain relevant to the products you purchase to decrease the use of goods produced by forced labor. You can create awareness of trafficking simply by talking about it; encourage others to be a voice for the silenced as well.