Through our mission, Center for Global Impact seeks khổng lồ bring the Good News of Jesus lớn those in the grip of poverty and bondage through education, vocational training and business development. Primarily working in Cambodia, many of those we serve are victims of — or vulnerable lớn — human trafficking.

-CGI Mission Statement


What causes human trafficking?

Human trafficking varies from country lớn country, but it usually preys on vulnerable situations.People in vulnerable và precarious situations are looking for a way out and in their desperation can fall prey lớn human traffickers. We see these in multiple different circumstances.

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The following four scenarios are examples of the conditions and/or realities people may be fleeing.

1. Leaving a place of poverty to gain wealth

Many victims want khổng lồ get out of their situation so they risk everything lớn leave the place that sees them mired in poverty. This gives the human traffickers bait khổng lồ lure victims to move lớn a different country.

Traffickers lie, promising jobs & stability in order khổng lồ recruit their victims. Upon their arrival to another state or region, captors take control. More often than not, they are held in places where victims did not khổng lồ want khổng lồ make their home.

*The practice of entrusting poor children to lớn more affluent friends or relatives may create vulnerability. Some parents sell their children, not just for money, but in hope that their children may escape poverty and have a better life with more opportunities.

2. Political conditions

Political instability, militarism, generalized violence or civil unrest can result in an increase in trafficking as well. The destabilization & scattering of populations increase their vulnerability to lớn unfair treatment & abuse via trafficking & forced labor.

3. War

Armed conflicts can lead to massive forced displacements of people. War creates large numbers of orphans và street children who are especially vulnerable khổng lồ trafficking. Their families have either passed away or are fighting a war, complicating child-rearing.

4. Social & Cultural practices

Many societies & cultures devalue, abuse and exploit women and girls, creating perilous living conditions for these women. With little opportunities of upward mobility and with little value placed on women & girls, they are more vulnerable to lớn human trafficking.

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We see a broken world và recognize a need for Jesus lớn intervene in so many lives. At CGI, we hope & pray for a future in which those we serve experience the freedom, dignity và fullness of life that comes when we enter into relationship with Jesus Christ.

How can you fight human trafficking from your home? kiểm tra out one of our earlier blogs for a few beginning steps.


ResourcesUnited Nations Office Of Drugs & Crime – https://www.unodc.org/documents/human-trafficking/Toolkit-files/08-58296_tool_9-2.pdf

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Likened lớn modern slavery, human trafficking is driven mostly by similar motivations to lớn those of slavery. The Department of Homeland Security defines human trafficking as the “illegal trade of humans for exploitation or commercial gain.” Exploitation frequently involves forcing victims into prostitution or slavery. Human trafficking can be separated into sex trafficking and labor trafficking. Though they have different purposes, there are general trends that explain the overall root causes of human trafficking.

According khổng lồ a 2012 International Labour Organization (ILO) report, 21 million people are victims of forced labor. The Asia-Pacific region accounts for the largest number of forced laborers in the world with 11.7 million victims (56 percent of the global total), followed by Africa with 3.7 million (18 percent) and Latin America with 1.8 million victims (nine percent).

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According khổng lồ the Huffington Post, approximately 75 to 80 percent of human trafficking and slavery is for sex. The rest are forced into labor exploitation, such as agriculture and construction work. In 2015, 5,544 cases of human trafficking were reported, as stated in a study by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

Top 5 Causes of Human TraffickingPoverty, war, natural disasters và a tìm kiếm for a better life. Traffickers look for people who are susceptible lớn coercion into the human trafficking industry. Those people tend khổng lồ be migrants, fleeing their homes either because of economic hardship, natural disasters, conflict or political instability. The displacement of populations increases individuals’ emotional vulnerability, và frequently they bởi vì not have the financial support to protect themselves. This makes them subject to abuse through trafficking.Women và children are targets. In some societies, the devaluation of women and children make them far more vulnerable to trafficking than men. Traditional attitudes và practices, early marriage & lack of birth registration further increase the susceptibility of women & children. They are also targeted because of the demand for women in sex trafficking. A report by Equality Now states that 20.9 million adults and children are bought and sold worldwide into commercial sexual servitude, forced labor and bonded labor. Women và girls ảo diệu 98 percent of the victims trafficked for sexual exploitation.Demand for cheap labor. The service industry, particularly restaurants và kitchens, are common exploiters of human trafficking. There is also a demand for cheap domestic and agricultural labor. Employees are often initially promised a safe work space and a steady salary, only to lớn later find that they are paid less than minimum wage và worked over time. Business owners guilty of this behavior continue to lớn practice these illegal norms because the victims of trafficking can rarely protect themselves & they have very few alternatives.Human trafficking generates a huge profit. According lớn the ILO, the human trafficking industry generates a profit of $150 billion per year. Two-thirds is made from commercial sexual exploitation, while the remainder comes from forced economic exploitation such as domestic work and agriculture. Human trafficking is the fastest-growing and second-largest criminal industry in the world, after drug trafficking.Cases of human trafficking are difficult to lớn identify. Some challenges in identifying victims of human trafficking arise because victims are well-hidden or highly traumatized. Those that are traumatized are unlikely to divulge information to investigators, either because they are scared to confront law enforcement, or because they are too troubled to respond. Consumers of human trafficking also contribute to lớn the crime’s hidden nature, according to a report by the Urban Institute. Both traffickers & consumers are aware of the huge risk they take by participating in this illegal behavior & will do their best to lớn cover up any illicit activity.

Initiatives to diminish these causes of human trafficking include international cooperation agreements, national policies against trafficking, improved immigration policies that can detect the exit or entry of humans being illegally trafficked, & increased infrastructure lớn protect those that are being exploited for labor or sex.

Michelle Simon

Sources: The Atlantic, US State Department, Urban Institute, International Labour Organization, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, UNICEF, National Human Trafficking Resource Center, Huffington Post, The Department of Homeland Security, Equality Now
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