Human Trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings for the purposes of forced labour, sexual exploitation and prostitution. It is considered a form of modern day slavery. Persons are transported by means of deception, threats, force or coercion to another country or area, often with the hopes of having a better life. They then find themselves forced into labour or practices in which they never intended to be involved.
Every year thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, both in their own countries (domestic human trafficking) or abroad. Unlike smuggling which is often a commercial transaction between two willing parties who go their separate ways once their business is complete, trafficking specifically targets the trafficked person as an object of criminal exploitation.
Human trafficking in the Bahamas mainly, but not exclusively, applies to persons brought or coming in from Jamaica and Haiti. Quite often they come willingly hoping to improve their standard of living and being able to assist their families back home. Instead, they often find that the promises of work that were made to them prior to their arrival never materialize and they are then forced into prostitution or hard labour in an effort to survive. Human trafficking is illegal and anyone who knows of a victim is asked to encourage that person to call The Crisis Centre on 328-0922.