What is Modern Day Slavery?

Modern day slavery is not about ownership, it is all about control.

"Slavery occurs when one person completely controls another person, using violence or the threat of violence to maintain that control, exploits them economically, pays them nothing and they cannot walk away." - CNN Freedom Project

"A relationship in which one person is controlled by violence through violence, the threat of violence, or psychological coercion, has lost free will and free movement, is exploited economically, and paid nothing beyond subsistence." -Kevin Bales (Co-founder of Free the Slaves and world expert on modern slavery)

What is Human Trafficking?

"A trafficked slave is one who is recruited or acquired through deceptive or coercive means, transported some distance (whether near or far), then exploited in slave-like conditions. For sex trafficking, this means exploitation in the commercial sex industry." -Siddharth Kara (Harvard Fellow on Human Trafficking)

"Trafficking involves transporting people away from the communities in which they live and forcing them to work against their will using violence, deception or coercion. When children are trafficked, no violence, deception or coercion needs to be involved: simply transporting them into exploitative conditions constitutes trafficking. People are trafficked both between countries and within the borders of a state." -Kevin Bales (Co-founder of Free the Slaves and world expert on modern slavery)

More detailed explanations:
U.N. Trafficking Protocol: Click Here
Trafficking of Victims Protection Act: Click Here

What is the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children?

Commercial sexual exploitation of children is the exploitation by an adult with respect to a child or an adolescent - female or male - under 18 years old; accompanied by a payment in money or in kind to the child or adolescent (male or female) or to one or more third parties.

Commercial sexual exploitation in children includes all of the following:

  • The use of girls and boys in sexual activities remunerated in cash or in kind (commonly known as child prostitution) in the streets or indoors, in such places as brothels, discotheques, massage parlours, bars, hotels, restaurants, etc.
  • The trafficking of girls and boys and adolescents for the sex trade.
  • Child sex tourism.
  • The production, promotion and distribution of pornography involving children.
  • The use of children in sex shows (public or private).

The ILO (International Labour Organization) considers commercial sexual exploitation of children an abhorrent violation of the human rights of children and adolescents and a form of economic exploitation similar to slavery and forced labour, which also implies a crime on the part of those who use girls and boys and adolescents in the sex trade.

Isn't sex trafficking the same as prostitution?

It would be easy to get sidetracked with an ideological debate on prostitution. But what we are concerned about here is not prostitution. We are concerned about adults selling children to other adults for sexual acts--up to 20 times a day. This is called rape for profit.

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