5 main circumstances that allow a person to become vulnerable to becoming a trafficking victim
What is human trafficking?
According to international definition, human trafficking means: “The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or purchase of persons for the sole purpose of exploitation.”
Typically, human beings are being disposed of, as if they were goods or objects which can be bought or sold irrationally. Trafficking exploits human beings for income, whether through sex, forced labour or human organs.
Traffickers take advantage of poverty, lack of prospects, and hope for a better future, by tricking and luring their victims into other countries.
Whether they emigrate legally or illegally, they then go with false promises of work or prospective marriages. Upon their arrival, the victims are coerced into dependence through debt bondage, violence or drugs, therefore becoming “exploited” goods. They are deprived of their personal rights, freedom of speech, independence and self-respect.
Israel conducted a study about prostitution in the country and published the results.
Switzerland is a destination and transit country for human trafficking. Human trafficking occurs in secret wherefore it is difficult to assess the extent of the whole problem. According to the Swiss Federal Office of Police, between 1,500 and 3,000 trafficking victims come to Switzerland each year. This is an estimate; the actual number of cases might even be higher.
You will find the fact sheet of KSMM (Swiss Coordination Unit against the Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants) here:
Please always report any suspicion of an exploitive situation
Please always report any suspicion of an exploitive situation, wherein a person is forced to do something against his or her will, either through threat of force, deception, fraud or abuse in connection with human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Give a victim your voice and help to solve a crime.
Monday to Friday: 10.00 – 18.00
Phone: 0840 212 212
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National Hotline against human trafficking and sexual exploitation.