What You Need to Know 7
Human Trafficking in Travel & Tourism 2
What You Can Do 5
Where Does Trafficking Occur?
“Slavery is not a horror safely confined to the past; it continues to exist throughout the world, even in developed countries…Across the world slaves work and sweat and build and suffer.”
– Kevin Bales
Human trafficking occurs in your backyard
Human trafficking occurs around the world, in every country. This is not only a problem in countries overseas, it is occurring in your home country too.
Countries are often affected as source countries, transit countries and destination countries.
Source countries are countries where victims are trafficked from.
Transit countries are countries where victims are trafficked through.
Destination countries are countries where victims are trafficked to.
A single country can be a source, transit and destination country. Not all trafficking is worldwide. National and regional trafficking is also a common problem.
It is fuelled by the growth of tourism and travel industry
More people are on the move than ever before. Countries are competing for travel and tourism dollars. As a result, there are also more opportunities for human trafficking than ever before.
Advances in mobile and internet technology have heavily contributed to human trafficking and allows greater anonymity and hidden pathways for direct contact between victims, traffickers and offenders.
There is no typical trafficker or offender
Offenders and traffickers come from any background. Many are men and some are women and even children. Some may be pedophiles, but many are not.