Human Trafficking: obtaining a person by using force, fraud, or coercion and using that person for labor or commercial sex acts. This massive problem reaches worldwide, in every corner of civilization. Fighting it, however, is entirely within our grasp. Beautiful Dream Society works to rewrite the future of human trafficking in the United States, Lesotho, and the world.
Studies estimate that 4.5 million people around the world are exploited in sex trafficking, including commercial sexual exploitation, pornography, and stripping.
Child sex trafficking is a growing problem around the world and in the United States. Tragically, children are often trafficked by their own parents or family members.
Information on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
As of 2012, estimates stated that 14.2 million people are trapped in forced labor, working in industries including agriculture, construction, domestic work, manufacturing, and technology. Victims of labor trafficking produce an alarmingly high number of goods used daily in the United States.
Smuggling a person across a border is a common gateway into human trafficking. The smuggler can become a trafficker by creating a false debt for the “services” of smuggling an individual. That individual is then forced to work to “pay off” the debt.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE U.S.
Human trafficking is an 8 billion dollar industry in the United States. Approximately 100,000 children are victims of commercial sexual exploitation every year in the U.S. – most of them American citizens.
Additionally, thousands of people are brought to the U.S. for the purpose of exploitating them through human trafficking. In 2014, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline received 3,598 phone calls reporting sex trafficking cases in the United States alone. Many more cases of sex trafficking go unreported.
Read how Beautiful Dream Society is working to end human sex trafficking in the United States.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN LESOTHO
Lesotho (pronounced “leh-soo-too”) is a tiny, beautiful mountain kingdom surrounded on all sides by South Africa. Lesotho also has the second highest AIDS rate in the world, with at least 23% of the population HIV-positive. Approximately 150,000 orphaned children live in Lesotho, many of whom lost their parents to AIDS.
Lesotho’s orphaned children, as well as many women living in unstable home environments, are susceptible to recruitment into sex and labor trafficking through false job offers. Traffickers target them with promises of a better life.
Read how Beautiful Dream Society is working to end human trafficking in Lesotho.
International Labour Organization, www.ilo.org
Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota, www.miwsac.org
Polaris Project, www.polarisproject.org
Shared Hope International, sharedhope.org
The Salvation Army’s Anti-Trafficking Training Manual, 2nd Edition, www.salvationarmy.org
Trafficking in Persons Report 2013 and 2014, U.S. Department of State, www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2013/index.htm; www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2014/index.htm
Trafficking Victims Protection Act, 22 U.S.C. §§ 7101-7113
UN AIDS Lesotho, www.unaids.org/en/regionscountries/countries/lesotho
Urban Institute, Estimating the Size and Structure of the Underground Commercial Sex Economy in Eight Major US Cities, www.urban.org/research/publication/estimating-size-and-structure-underground-commercial-sex-economy-eight-major-us-cities