Human trafficking is a global and domestic human rights issue that is characterized by economic exploitation through force, fraud and coercion.
Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery that involves the illegal trade of human beings for the purpose of some form of forced exploitation. The United Nations Office On Drugs and Crime (UNODC) defines human trafficking as any form of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring, or receiving a person by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, or deception. There are approximately 800,000 people trafficked across international borders annually and, of these, 80% are women or girls and 50% are minors. Although the degree of trafficking among countries and continents is variable, it is clear that global trafficking has become a growing problem.