Slavery and human trafficking

Human trafficking affects almost all countries in the world according to a 2014 UN report. More than 2,000 million human beings are not protected according to the stipulations of the UN protocol against trafficking in persons.

What is considered as “modern slavery” implies the buying and selling of human beings to people who strip them of all their rights. This is a “business” that shifts mountains of money. One in every three victims is a child, and women and little girls constitute 70% of all those affected. Cambodia is one of the countries where this abuse is at its highest, given the seriously vulnerable situation of people conned by traffickers.

Most of the victims in the world are “bought” for sexual exploitation, while 40% are recruited to do forced labour in areas such as construction, domestic work or textile production. Trafficking with people is the system used to extract organs and, in addition to all of the above, boys and girls are also used for the purposes of armed warfare, committing petty crimes and begging.

The traffickers generally take these exploited people to other countries, where the conditions of illegality in which they live greatly reduce their chances of escape.

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