Types of Trafficking

When people become victims of trafficking in persons (VoT), they are usually vulnerable due to a particular set of circumstances. In areas where there is a lack of adequate employment and poorly managed education systems - access to people becomes easier and our most vulnerable citizens, become targets. Traffickers use elaborate promises to trick, blind and fool their victims. Some of them we have never come across. It’s important to know what trends for trafficking look like, in order to identify an attempt before it happens. People are coerced, tricked and taken for these reasons and more:


When a person is forced to perform sexual acts, and is not free to leave the place where they are being kept or to stop the work that they are being forced to do.

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.

The act or practice of engaging in sexual activity for money or its equivalent.

The seemingly normal practice of live-in help, without compensation, that is used as cover for the exploitation and control of someone, usually from another country. It is a form of forced labor.

The illegal removal of human organ(s) and/or tissue without a person’s consent; generally to be sold on the black market for organ transplants.

Whereby a woman becomes pregnant, carries the pregnancy to due term, and gives birth to a child or children, all of this for another person or persons, who are or will ultimately become the parent of the newborn child or children.

Any work performed by a minor/child which is detrimental to his/her health, education, physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development.

A condition of having to work very hard without proper remuneration or appreciation.

Any children under the age of 18 who are recruited by a state or non-state armed group and used as fighters, cooks, suicide bombers, human shields, messengers, spies, or for sexual purposes.

Children made frontline targets and used as human shields, killed, maimed or recruited as suicide bombers.