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Friday, February 17, 2006

Congressional Briefing on Human Trafficking Explores Implications of Modern Day Slavery

February 17, 2006

Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald and the Humpty Dumpty Institute hosted “Human Trafficking: A Global Challenge,” Friday to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of trafficking. Simone Monasebian, Chief of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and Wenchi Yu Perkins, Director of Anti-Trafficking and Human Rights Program at Vital Voices Global Partnership, gave testimony to the far-reaching tentacles of the human trafficking network.

Fast Facts about Trafficking:
*Human trafficking is a $7 Billion a year business for organized crime, making it the second largest transnational crime in the world.
* UNODC estimates that 700,000 people are trafficked each year.
*Human trafficking encompasses more than just sex slavery. Other forms of trafficking include child labor and child soldiers, domestic servitude, forced marriage, camel jockeys, and organ trafficking. Any use of force, fraud or coercion to exploit people is considered to be trafficking.
*Trafficking doesn’t just happen in developing countries. Between 14,500 and 17,500 cases of trafficking occur within the US each year.
*Though trafficking victims are predominantly poor, some come from a middle class background and have a college education.
*Because human trafficking touches on so many areas – human rights, immigration, public health, crime, and national security, to name a few – many agencies deal with cases of trafficking. They include the Department of Homeland Security (Immigrations and Customs Enforcements), Department of Health and Human Services, State Department (Trafficking in Persons), Department of Labor, as well as UNODC, UNIFEM and UNICEF.


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