Modern Day Slavery

It is estimated that there are 70 million humans in slavery today, which is a greater number than at any other point in the world's history.

Slavery exists in the forms of sex trafficking, domestic servitude, factory and farm slavery, and child soldier slavery, but is not limited to these forms.

In Sweden, the government has ruled all prostitution and pornography as forms of sex trafficking. The country's legal approach to end sex trafficking differs from its neighbours Germany and the Netherlands. As Erikkson, a Swedish member of the European parliament states, “Everyone in the European Union is against human trafficking, of course,” she clarifies, “but we know that 90 percent of this commerce has to do with sexual exploitation.” [1]

Slavery today is most often fueled by commercial gain. Trafficking alone is estimated to have a $9 billion dollar profit for those involved each year. [2] 

Modern day slavery is essentially the same as Human trafficking, which ships slaves from their home land to another for the purposes of enslavement. "Approximately 600,000 to 800,000 victims annually are trafficked across international borders worldwide, and between 14,500 and 17,500 of those victims are trafficked into the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of State".[3]

Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery. Victims of human trafficking are subjected to force, fraud, or coercion, for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor. Victims are young children, teenagers, men and women.

After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today, and it is the fastest growing.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) defines “Severe Forms of Trafficking in Persons” as:
    * Sex Trafficking: the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act , in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person forced to perform such an act is under the age of 18 years; or
    * Labor Trafficking: the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery.