What impact does sex trafficking have on our society and how deeply are we affected?
To answer my inquiry question for this semester I must first answer another question. How many people are currently victims of sex trafficking and where is sex trafficking most evident in the world? To know how deeply our society is affected, it is important to know the shocking and disturbing number of people being trafficked.
How many people are currently victims of sex trafficking and where is sex trafficking most evident in the world?
- ~24.9 million victims worldwide, at any given time (1)
- Hard to get numbers of victims
- They’re often isolated and hidden
- ~30 000 people die yearly in trafficking (2)
- from neglect, abuse, disease, and torture
- Half of trafficking victims are children (3)
- average age of these children is 12
- In Canada 2021-2022 we have had 63 cases of sex trafficking (4)
- 46 women
- 2 men
- 14 young girls
- 115 potential victims among foreign workers
- People at high risk are
- Women/children from Indigenous communities
- People with disabilities
- Runaway youths
- Children in the welfare system
- 91% of victims who reported the crime, knew their trafficker beforehand (5)
- Convicted traffickers are mainly men
- 82% of trafficking reports were in metropolitan areas (6)
- East Asian victims were found in many different countries (7)
- East Asia’s trafficking system is very complex
- There are many countries that do not have clear legislations about trafficking
- Easier for trafficking to exist because of the lack of clear laws
- Mainly in Africa, Asia, and South America
Human and sex trafficking are such well hidden and secretive systems that there is very little information about numbers of victims and the places where it happens. In my next post I will talk more about the kinds of people targeted and why. I will also talk about how people are lured into the trafficking world.