What is Human Trafficking?

Human Trafficking Defined:

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) defines “severe forms of trafficking in persons” as:
sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age; or  the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery. A victim need not be physically transported from one location to another for the crime to fall within these definitions.
We have found that most people believe human trafficking to be at the hands of some evil man half way around the world forcing a little girl into sex slavery. While that is a very real issue, it is also much more complex, and who is contributing to this epidemic hits much closer to home. A huge component of Human Trafficking is forced labor. This happens in almost every industry, from agriculture to mining to fashion

Did You Know?:

80% of the world’s garment workers are women, and only 2% of them receive a living wage.

Human trafficking is a $150 billion illicit industry. This means there are people profiting in the billions of dollars off of enslaving other human beings.

Globally, the average cost of a slave is $90.*

There are approximately 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today.

Cambodia is ranked 14th in the world for modern slavery.

An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked every year.

22% of human trafficking victims are trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation, of whom 55% are women or girls.

According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and half are children.*

Why We Exist:

According to a ten year longitudinal research study conducted by Chab Dai, a Cambodian coalition to end human trafficking, debt, poverty, lack of employment opportunities, and limited or no access to education are 4 of the leading factors pushing people into human trafficking.

According to this study once a victim is rescued/escapes from human trafficking and exploitation their best chances at survival (and not ending up back in the same system) are if they receive vocational training (Programs, generally for young teens or adults, offering specific training in work based areas, such as cooking, hairdressing, automotive repair, mechanics, and housekeeping) and have access to opportunities with socially responsible businesses (which they define as Income generation projects that offer safe, legal working options for survivors or those at-risk of trafficking or exploitation, are often linked with vocational training programs and believed by many to be a crucial part in the successful reintegration process). We aim to serve as a re-integration tool for rescued women. We aim to provide an economic alternative for women living in poverty, to combat the high risk they face of ending up in the trafficking world.

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How You Can Help:

You can help by donating to our empowerment, employment, and education programs to help keep these women out of the same vicious cycle of trafficking and exploitation. 

You can also do your part by supporting our artisan and shopping our collecting of handmade goods. We are always excepting volunteers so please don't hesitate to reach out to info@collectivehu.org if you are interested in learning more.

*Facts provided by Dosomething.org


The TedTalk below does an incredible job of summing up the complexity and responsibility of human trafficking. This issue can be intense, complicated, and hard to grapple with. We urge you to contact us directly with any questions or concerns: info@collectivehu.org

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