Detroit Today

Human Trafficking And The Michigan Connection

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Human Trafficking is a global problem. The United Nations estimates the total market value of illicit human trafficking for 2005 (latest UN figures) at 32 billion US dollars. Human trafficking has many faces: forced or bonded labor; domestic servitude and forced marriage; organ removal; and the exploitation of children in begging, the sex trade, and warfare. However, probably due to statistical bias and national legislation, sexual exploitation (79%) is by far the most commonly identified form of trafficking in persons, followed by forced labor (18%). Host Christy McDonald speaks with Russell Petty, Russell Petty, Senior National Outreach Coordinator at National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Mary Schusterbauer Chief, Oakland County Youth Assistance Department

Another resource: Statistics on trafficking