Human Trafficking07/07/09 Robert Lorei
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A new report from the US State department found that human trafficking is a major problem across the globe. an estimated 12.3 million people are currently trapped in some form of modern-day slavery according to the State Department.
The U.S. government defines severe human trafficking as the use of force, coercion or fraud to obtain labor or induce a commercial sex act.
The report cited the international economic crisis as a driving factor in the rise of human trafficking. Rising unemployment rates and falling incomes have left desperate workers vulnerable to manipulation by human traffickers, particularly in underdeveloped countries.
Increased international demand for cheap goods also has contributed to the rise in human trafficking, the report said.
Here to talk about the issue of human trafficking- or modern day slavery- are June Wallace who is an organizer with the Largo/mid Pinellas Soroptimist Clubâ€™s Campaign Against Human Traffickingâ€¦