Each year men, women and children from all over the world are tricked into believing that they have the opportunity to start a new life. They leave their home, family and friends hoping to escape hardship, discrimination or persecution in their own country, find a new job or pursue a new relationship. However, once they reach their destination their dreams quickly change to a nightmare as they are sold as a commodity into a life of servitude and abuse.
The UN Palermo Protocols 2000 defines trafficking as such:
“Trafficking in persons shall mean (the acts of) recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat, or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or a postion of vulnerability, or the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.”