After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms trade as the second largest criminal industry in the world, and it is the fastest growing. Force, fraud and coercion are methods used by traffickers to press victims into lives of servitude, abuse. Approximately 800,000 to 900,000 victims annually trafficked across international borders worldwide; between 18,000 and 20,000 victims are trafficked into United States annually.
More than half of victims trafficked into the United States are thought to be children; victims are probably about equally women and men.
Victims can be trafficked into the U.S. from anywhere in the world; victims have come from, among other places, Africa, Asia, India, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Russia, and Canada.
Within the U.S., both citizens and non-citizens fall prey to traffickers.
As a political expert at the embassy, Mr.Garrett specializes in Human Rights, Trafficking in Persons and International Organizations. According to Mr. Garrett, human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Victims of trafficking are exploited for commercial sex or labor purposes. Traffickers use force, fraud
or coercion to achieve exploitation After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms trade as the second largest criminal industry in the world, and it is the fastest-growing.
The lecture will be in English.