FAQs

–What defines human trafficking/ modern day slavery?

Human trafficking or modern day slavery describes the act of victims being subjected to involuntary servitude, forcing victims into prostitution/sexual slavery, and/or compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography, online sex chats, or stripping—all through abduction, threat, deception, peonage, coercion, debt bondage, abuse of power, forced drug usage, or violence.

–How many trafficked victims are there in the world today?

According to the US Department of Justice, there are approximately 25 million to 30 million slaves today.

–Of these trafficked victims, how many are exploited sexually?

Approximately 79% are exploited sexually, with 18% being categorized as labor trafficking.

–How many of the trafficked victims are children?

According to the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, worldwide, almost 20% of all trafficking victims are children. However, in some parts of the world such as the African or Southeast Asian regions, children are the majority (up to 100% in parts of West Africa or the Mekong Region).

–How many people are trafficked across international borders ever year?

Approximately 700,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders yearly.

–Which continent has the most human trafficking?

The continent of Asia is the largest supply of human  trafficking industry. According to the Polaris Project, the Human Trafficking  industry generates about 32 billion dollars yearly. Of this 32 billion dollars,  Asia contributes 9.7 billion and 15.5 billion come from other industrialized  countries.

–How many victims of sex trafficking are there in South Korea today?

According to South Korea’s Ministry for Gender Equality and the Korean Feminist Association, there are anywhere from 500,000 to 1 million victims who are in South Korea’s sex industry today.

–How do most of these victims in South Korea get into the industry?

One majority are child runaways who have been lured into the sex industry through the internet. Most child runaways have either been sexually/physically abused or confined under intense academic pressures. The other majority are native and foreign workers who have been lured with false advertisements of decent jobs over the internet or in local newspapers. Over 90% of child trafficking in South Korea occurs over the internet. Some are voluntary workers who consider the sex industry as a decent way to earn a living.

–What is the general age of the girls who are trafficked in South Korea?

Most trafficked victims in Korea range anywhere from seven to thirty years in age. There is a decline thereafter due to the lack of demand for older women in the sex industry.

–What are the statistics for Korean men who seek prostitutes?

According to the Korean Institute of Criminology, one-fifth of Korean men buy sex at least four times a month, and Korean men make up the largest ethnic group to seek child prostitutes in Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

–How much of the economy does the sex industry make up in South Korea?

Different reports suggest that the sex industry accounts for anywhere from 1.4% to 3% of the annual GDP in South Korea which is roughly 14 to 30 trillion Korean won (13 to 25 billion USD) a year.

–What types of trafficking are there in South Korea?

Red light districts, massage parlors, juicy bars, image bars, room salons/roombangs (hostess bars), in-call massages, out-call massages, call girl businesses, kissing rooms, lovetels (motels used for sex), karaoke bars, and night clubs are some of the venues and types of trafficking.

–Currently, what laws are in place against human trafficking in South Korea?

South Korea prohibits trafficking for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation, including debt bondage, through its 2004 “Act on the Punishment of Intermediating in the Sex Trade and Associated Acts.” Although this law is in place, it has not been enforced properly.

–What are the preventative measures South Korea taken against sex trafficking?

The Ministry of Justice runs 29 “John schools,” set up to educate male “clients” of prostitution, which are one-day seminars—in lieu of criminal punishment. NGOs report that there is only one counseling center and two shelters in the country dedicated to foreign victims of sex trafficking.

–What can I do to help fight modern day slavery?

You can do your due diligence and learn about the red flags that may indicate human trafficking. Learn to identify and report human trafficking appropriately. Many helpful books and websites contain an array of information. Volunteer for a local organization or join a ministry that supports anti-human trafficking efforts, start a grassroots organization in your community, or spread awareness in your schools and places of employment through campaigns. Donate to your local anti-human trafficking organizations, or help start a fundraiser to raise money. Have screenings of anti-human slavery movies to spread awareness. Use your professional skills to seek justice around the world where people with your talents are greatly needed. Mobilize your church to seek and pray for justice.

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2 responses to “FAQs

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