RAY OF HOPE Rescued from traffickers not once, but twice.  SUHANA'S STORY
SUHANA'S STORY  Suhana was only 16 when she was rescued by IJM and local police from a Kolkata brothel.  Brought to a secure and loving aftercare home, she began to thrive.  After more than a year of healing,  Suhana and her counselors decided she was ready to start a job outside of the shelter.  She made a new friend through this job, but the friendship had terrible consequences.  The unthinkable happened: Suhana was trafficked to a faraway city.  Tricked and betrayed, Suhana was sold to a pimp and returned to the nightmare she thought she had escaped forever.  Night after night, she was raped, abused and exploited.  Taken from International Justice Mission factsheet on Sex Trafficking www.ijm.org
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SEX TRAFFICKING

Background
Stats and Information
The Pink Room
Information & Anti-Trafficking Organizations


 
Background
Sex trafficking is a growing global enterprise driven by deception, coercion and force. Traffickers transport or detain their victims for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation. This trade in rape for profit thrives in the absence of robust law enforcement to ensure the protection of the law for vulnerable children and women.

Sex trafficking will endure as long as it remains a profitable criminal enterprise.

"Trafficking is absolutely, positively the worst human rights violation you can think of. Trafficking is abduction; trafficking is rape. Trafficking is torture, emotional and physical. Trafficking is murder."

- Matthew Friedman stated in the film, The Day My God Died.

Stats and Information 

  • After drug dealing, human trafficking (both sex trafficking and trafficking from forced labor) is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today, and it is the fastest growing. (U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services)
  • Worldwide, there are nearly two million children in the commercial sex trade. (UNICEF)
  • There are an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 children, women and men trafficked across international borders annually. (U.S. Department of State)
  • Approximately 80 percent of human trafficking victims are women and girls, and up to 50 percent are minors. (U.S. Department of State)
  • The total market value of illicit human trafficking is estimated to be in excess of $32 billion. (U.N)
  • Sex trafficking is an engine of the global AIDS epidemic. (U.S. Department of State)

The Pink Room
The award winning documentary, The Pink room follows the journey of Mien and other young girls in the turbulent world of sex slavery that at times seem unfathomable. The film showcases the efforts of Agape International Missions fight to end child sex trafficking in Cambodia.

Leak's Freedom Story:

 


Information & Anti-Trafficking Organizations
Agape International Missions – www.agapewebsite.org
International Justice Mission – www.ijm.org
Freedom Network – www.freedomnetworkusa.org
End Slavery Now – www.endslaverynow.com
Origin Coffee & Tea - www.origincoffee.org

TEDx 

Matt Friedman reflects upon the breadth and range of human slavery in the world today and how we can all play our part in helping to address this global problem.


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