Child exploitation, labor and trafficking is a world-wide problem; approximately 150 million children are victims of child labor. These children are used for sweatshop work, prostituition, farming, the armed service, begging, pornography and forced marriage.
What is trafficking?
Human trafficking is the third largest illegal international crime trade, ranking just after arms and drug trafficking. It is prevalent everywhere, including the United States. Traffickers often take their victims across state or country borders and take their cell phones, passports and papers so they cannot leave. They withhold wages and threaten them with violence. Traffickers exploit their victims vulnerabilities and lure them with false promises of love, education, work or a luxurious lifestyle while others are simply taken by force.
What is child labor?
According to the International Labor Organization, child labor is defined as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development. Many children are working in industries that endanger their lives for little or no pay. These young victims are often taken away from their families and forced to live in unsanitary and unsafe conditions without schooling or regular meals.