Human trafficking is a modern day form of slavery.

It can have many forms including, but not limited to: debt bondage, slave labor, manual labor, sweat shops, sex tourism, sex trafficking, trafficking in human body parts, adoption fraud, and child labor.

It is happening all over the world, in both developed and developing countries. Although 70% of victims are women and children, men too can be victims of human trafficking.

According to the US Dept. of Health and Human services, after drug dealing, human trafficking is ties with illegal arms trade as the second largest criminal industry in the world.

According to UNICEF, every year 1.2 million children are trafficked for an estimated profit of 10 billion USD.

Estimates of the number of victims annually range from 1-4 million people.


  1. Hello Clare,

    I hope you remember me from GWB. I have a 10 year old daughter and I moved back to Texas last year. I am glad to know that you are doing well and working to education us about human trafficking. Keep up the good work! I hope to hear from you soon.

  2. Hello,

    Im a blogger and journalist who recently left Chile in June 2007. I know there were a couple of trafficking cases involving prostitution and Spain and am interested to know where the issue stands in Chile these days.

    Tomas Dinges

  3. Hi Tomas,

    The truth is that no one really knows what is going on with trafficking here. Chile is listed as a destination, transit and source country for trafficking, but most of the information is anecdotal. A little over a year ago, Raices was give three months to find a case of trafficking– they found more than 20 in the 3 months. The major problem here is that the law has yet to move beyond a draft stage and no one knows or wants to see the problem. I don’t think I will see as much here as I did when I worked in Cambodia; however, I think there is more trafficking than most people want to admit. I am not the only one that thinks that. As I have gone around talking to small grassroots NGOs, lots of people agree that it is a problem and that it is growing…. So, i guess the answer is, ask me again in a year!

    Thanks for stopping by!


  4. Dear Claire:

    What’s the latest? I know that I am very late to this forum, but I am considering moving to Chile in the near-future, and I am looking to make contacts and to fill my time with worthy endeavors. Are you still in Chile? Is there some way I can help you in this cause when I move down there?

    • Kimberly, are you in Chile? I would like to contact you. I will be new there in a few months and just like you, I would like to meet good people and fill my time with “worthy endeavors” 🙂 hope to hear from you!

  5. Hey,

    Great site. I’m starting one of my own. It’s not finished yet, but please check it out and subscribe if you want. I’ll be doing my best to raise awareness about sex trafficking in hopes to put a stop to it.

    Good luck!


  6. Hi,

    I ran into your blog because I am moving to Chile as a teacher this summer. I came across this trafficking page and had to say hi. My friend, Erin Giles ( just started a campaign called End Sex Trafficking Day. There is a book coming out on September 26th and I am one of the writers who’s essay will be featured it in. Thought you’d be interested 🙂


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