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Ending human trafficking

What is human trafficking?

Human trafficking is when a person is tricked or forced into a situation where they are exploited for profit.

Children, women and men around the world are trafficked into slavery including forced labour and sexual exploitation.

In IJM's cases, we have met survivors of slavery who report being beaten, gang-raped, locked in tiny rooms, starved and even forced to witness murder.

Learn more through our frequently asked questions about human trafficking.

Where does human trafficking occur?

Human trafficking occurs in almost every country in the world, including in the UK and in Europe.

IJM works with global partners and authorities to protect people from human trafficking in South Asia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Kenya, Ghana, across Europe and the UK.

Human trafficking is on the rise.

Climate change, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and other global conflicts are factors driving the disturbing increase.

New ILO estimates reveal that over 50 million people are trapped in modern slavery, up 10 million from previous estimates. This is nearly one in every 150 people in the world.

The ILO's new estimates show the urgency of addressing human trafficking - and the factors which increase people's vulnerability to it.

Right now, over 12 million children are trapped in slavery. That’s more than the population of London. Robbed of their freedom, education and childhood, they face abuse and violence. (ILO, Walk Free, IOM 2022).

Survivor stories


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3 facts about human trafficking

How does IJM help stop human trafficking?

IJM is working to combat child trafficking, sex trafficking, labour trafficking, cross-border trafficking and online sexual exploitation of children.

We’re working with authorities to bring victims of trafficking to safety, provide trauma-informed care to survivors, bring traffickers to justice and enable systemic change so that people are not abused in the first place.

Together, we're building a movement that is already seeing powerful results. With authorities, we’ve seen trafficking decrease by up to 86% in places where we’ve worked.

You can be part of this movement for freedom.

Freedom from trafficking means that people can pursue their dreams.

But right now, 50 million people are trapped in modern slavery. You can help bring freedom as a Freedom Partner.


How does trafficking happen?
What is sex trafficking or commercial sexual exploitation?
What is labour trafficking?
What are the signs of modern slavery?

Modern Slavery Helpline
If you suspect you, or someone you know is being exploited, call the UK Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.

You Can Help Send Rescue Today.

When you give a gift today, you’ll be fighting slavery, violence, and injustice across the globe. Together, we can end slavery and violence in our lifetime.

You can make the most impact as a Freedom Partner today.

Your generous monthly support will help send rescue to vulnerable children and families at a moment’s notice, stand with them as they rebuild their lives in freedom and have perpetrators held accountable.


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