It is the “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of a person, by means of the threat of use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.” 1Exploitation includes sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, servitude, or the removal of organs.
Human trafficking is believed to be the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprise and is an estimated $150 billion-a-year global industry.
What is child trafficking?
Child trafficking is the abuse of children for profit. It includes the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons who are under the age of 18 years for the purpose of exploitation. Many cases of child trafficking have involved the following.
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) is believed to be the most prevalent form of child trafficking.
Some young victims are marketed for sex on street corners or in clubs; others are advertised online. Still others are exploited for profit within their own homes.
Traffickers prey on children as young as 9 years of age. They target minors through social media, at after-school programs, at malls, at bus stations, in clubs, and through friends or acquaintances who recruit students on school campuses.