Over 8, victims of human trafficking cases were reported in the United States last year, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. There is no greater blow to human dignity than a person being forced to perform work or sex acts against their will. One case of human trafficking involved 56 people, most of them Mexican deaf-mutes, who were enslaved to work as panhandlers in the New York subway system.
Having no previous understanding of the issue, I spent day after day and night after night doing life with amazing individuals who were at various levels of transitioning out of the sex industry. In the United States, the average age of entry into prostitution is between 11 and 14 years old. There is a growing epidemic of absent fathers, leaving children unprovided for, unprotected, and without leadership.
In the United Kingdom, more than 8, sexual services ads are posted online every month. Traffickers are able to easily post ads for trafficked women and children. The Philippines Department of Justice receives over 3, reports each month of children being sexually exploited and sold online.
The fight against human trafficking can be evaluated in three categories: what is being done, how it is being done and why it is being done. Human trafficking consists of the transferring, harboring and receipt of a person or persons. It is often done in violent or deceptive ways, using threat, coercion, payments and a clear abuse of power.
With Mexico becoming a growing destination, source, and transit country for trafficked persons, PADF implemented an initiative to support the Mexican government, civil society, and the private sector in their efforts to raise awareness and support prevention of trafficking in persons. This Alliance focused on preventing human trafficking, particularly of youth, and raise awareness and increase visibility of the problem within Mexican society. As part of building the Alliance, PADF hosted several roundtable meetings in Mexico City in an effort to further increase dialogue between the Mexican government, civil society groups, and private sector partners such as MTV.
Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Anyone can join in the fight against human trafficking. Here are just a few ideas to consider.
It is most likely happening in the city you live in. It may be happening in your neighborhood. It might even be happening to someone you know.
As such, human trafficking affects virtually all OSCE participating States as countries of origin, transit or destination. This modern form of slavery is an affront to human dignity, often involving psychological terror and physical violence. The OSCE addresses many issues relevant to human trafficking: human rights and rule of law; corruption and crime control; discrimination and inequality; economic, labour, and migration policies.
Philippine statement delivered by Ambassador Teddy Locsin Jr. And, we submit, unfocused. Although this is changing as this well-attended forum shows.