Human Trafficking and Slavery

Are governments doing enough to eradicate the illicit trade?

  • By:Robert Kiener
  • Content Type: Report
  • Publisher: CQ Press
    • Publication year: 2012
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Long hidden and often denied, the global epidemic of human trafficking and slavery is finally being exposed on the world stage. A five-year-old chained to a rug loom in India, a domestic servant enslaved and beaten in the Middle East and sex slaves trafficked within the United States are among the 21 million men, women and children held in some form of bonded labor, slavery or forced prostitution around the world today. With millions of vulnerable victims being trafficked across international borders, this inhuman crime racks up more than $32 billion in profits each year. As nations seek effective ways to combat what President Barack Obama recently called “a debasement of our common humanity,” some experts say legalizing prostitution and some forms of child labor ...

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