Human Trafficking



Nature of Setting

Human trafficking is a broad term that refers to, as the US Department of State puts it, “activities involved when someone obtains or holds a person in compelled service”.  It affects millions worldwide.  Human trafficking includes forced labor, sex trafficking, bonded labor, debt bondage among migrant laborers, involuntary domestic servitude, forced child labor, child soldiers, and child sex trafficking.  A 2009 study by the United Nations finds that sex trafficking is the largest form of human trafficking, followed by forced labor.  The majority of those trafficked are women and 20% are children.

Problem Solvers in This Space

Made By Survivors: This non-profit provides economic independence to women rescued from sex trafficking.  MBS trains the women in jewelry-making and other craft skills to make items that are then sold by MBS.  The profits go back to the women. 

A pioneering organization established in 1993, Maiti Nepal works to prevent trafficking, rescues those trapped in sex trafficking, and helps rehabilitate them. 

Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State is a leading global player working in this space, along with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Sources of Information

The U.S. Department of State publishes an annual Trafficking in Persons Report.  And The United Nations has published A Global Report on Trafficking in Persons with data from 155 countries.