How Does Human Trafficking Happen?

Press Release - 16 November 2018

In 1981, slavery was abolished in Mauritania, the last country in the world to do so. Despite the worldwide abolition, human trafficking remains a stark reality.  In fact, human trafficking has been ranked as the third biggest illegal enterprise in the world after drugs and guns and has been reported by Forbes as the fastest growing crime.

The Facts:

  • 27 million people worldwide are enslaved through human trafficking .
  • More people are enslaved today than during the entire 400yrs of the trans-atlantic slave trade.
  • Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims.
  • Between 800 000 and 900 000 people are trafficked across international borders each year.
  • Children make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide.
  • Human trafficking is a crime that is gendered;  the primary victims are women and girls.

[Sources: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Global Report on Trafficking in Persons ; UN International Labour Office]

To mark the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, Our Lady of Apostles, Ireland,  are hosting a screening of the short, documentary film produced by the Society of African Missions, ‘How Much...’

John McGeady, OLA Justice Officer:  Human trafficking is completely alien to the vast majority of people in Ireland and although they understand that it happens, they cannot begin to imagine how it can take place.  The documentary film, “How Much...”, provides a step by step account of the actual process of human trafficking as told by women who have suffered it.

The screening will take place at Ardfoyle Convent, Ballintemple, on Sunday 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, at 7pm.

All are welcome.

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