5 main circumstances that allow a person to become vulnerable to becoming a trafficking victim
What is human trafficking?
According to the definition of the United Nations, human trafficking means: “The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons for the purpose of exploitation.”
Sex trafficking, in particular, is a multi-billion dollar industry, where the world is its market. Human beings who are trafficked get treated as disposable, humans become comparable to raw material that can be bought and/or sold.
Traffickers are able to trick and/or lure their victims into slavery by taking advantage of; poverty in the country, the individual’s lack of prospects and/or their hope for a better future.
The victims are then brought to the country either, legally or illegally, lead by false promises of work or prospective marriages. Once they arrive, the victims are coerced into a position of dependence by their traffickers through; debt bondage, violence, and/or drugs. Therefore, the victims become“exploited” goods and are deprived of their personal rights, freedom of speech, independence, and self-respect.
Israel - The Jerusalem Institute of Justice conducted a study about prostitution in Israel. The results are published below.
Switzerland is a destination and transit country for human trafficking. Because it occurs in secret, assessing the extent of human trafficking becomes difficult. The Swiss Federal Office of Police report cases between 1,500 and 3,000 trafficking victims are brought into Switzerland each year. Due to secrecy, the actual number of cases are unknown but estimated to be higher.
You will find more information on the website of FedPol/KSMM (Swiss Coordination Unit against the Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants) here
Please, always report any suspicion of an exploitive situation
Situations in which a person is being forced to do something against his or her will, either through the threat of force, deception, fraud or abuse, could be in connection with human trafficking and sexual exploitation and must be reported.
Give the victim a voice and help in saving a life by speaking up.
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National Hotline against human trafficking and sexual exploitation.