Child Trafficking

Child TraffickingChild trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Although accurate data regarding trafficking are difficult to obtain, there are some things that we know about trafficking: 

•  The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that there are 20.9 million victims globally.

•  Of those, 68% are in forced labor, 26% are children, and 55% are women and girls. 

•  Factors that can make young people vulnerable to becoming trafficked or becoming traffickers, including poverty, family violence, exclusion, and migration.

•  The drivers of human trafficking include poverty, social inequality and gender discrimination, inadequate education and opportunity, ethnic discrimination, and demand for cheap labor and cheap sex.

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The ILO estimates that human trafficking is a $150 billion industry. 


Our Work on Human Trafficking

In 2016, the Global Alliance formed a task force to help discern how we can best support efforts to prevent human trafficking across the globe. In 2017, the Board of Directors for the Global Alliance approved a resolution on child trafficking prevention developed by the task force. In addition, the task force presented a framework for prevention of child trafficking at the Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking in September 2017. The task force is currently working on a white paper that articulates a framework for preventing child trafficking using a multisectoral, rights-based approach.  The framework is distinctive for its: (a) attention to the needs of both potential victims of trafficking and potential perpetrators of trafficking, (b) focus on understanding and preventing the circumstances that may contribute to becoming involved in child trafficking, either as a victim or as a perpetrator, and (c) use of principles to guide individuals, organizations and communities in developing strategies to prevent and reduce trafficking. Research on Child Trafficking

We have also published several articles that address human trafficking in our journal. These articles are featured in our Spotlight on child trafficking. 

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