Trafficking in persons means:
"the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by
means of the threat or 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.
Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution
of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services,
slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs..."
-Palermo protocol to the UN Convention Against Trans-national Organised Crime 2000.
According to the International Labour Organization estimations:
About 2.4 million people are victims of trafficking in the world
- Only a few thousand traffickers are condemned
- The annual profit of traffickers in human beings is about 32 million dollars
Facts and figures from UN.Gift