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“He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb
Human trafficking is a global epidemic and one of the fastest growing crimes around the world. It is the darker side of travel that exploits people of all genders, ethnicities, ages and socio-economic classes for sex and/or indenture servitude. Sex tourism is evident in places where prostitution is legal and it is common during major sporting events where adults and children are transported into communities for illegal sexual pleasure. The crime of human trafficking is estimated to be a $32 billion/year industry and it is not solely a third-world issue. It is a modern slavery crime that touches every country in the world. People are moved illegally from country to country, including developed countries like the United States, under the guise of traveling with a relative on holiday. Understanding the many dimensions of human trafficking and hearing stories from survivors can make travelers more aware of things to look for and questions to ask when they believe people are being exploited.