What is human trafficking and modern-day slavery?

More than 40 million people in our world live in slavery.

Human trafficking is a crime

It involves exploiting people for sex or to make them work, using force, threats, manipulation or deceit.

Child trafficking and sex trafficking are particularly exploitative practices.

Human trafficking is also known as modern day slavery. In Vietnam women, men, girls and boys are trafficked to work in brothels, farms, factories and mines, or into forced marriages.

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…many victims know their traffickers – they may be distant family members, neighbours or ‘friends’…

Vietnamese girls and women are commonly trafficked to China where they are sold into the commercial sex trade or are forced to become brides.

Criminal gangs sometimes smuggle Vietnamese people to other countries in Southeast Asia, or to the UK, Europe and other places. Once there, they are vulnerable to being trafficked because they lack legal protection.

People who have been trafficked are often unable to call for help, or believe that they will be punished if they do.

In Vietnam, many victims know their traffickers – they may be distant family members, neighbours or ‘friends’ – so they may fear reprisal against themselves or their family members.

Human traffickers are skilled at making their victims feel that it is their own fault. Sometimes they force or manipulate their victim into committing a crime, so that they will fear going to the police. Victim blaming is a very common problem for trafficking survivors.

Many traffickers control their victims using violence and threats.

See the Blue Dragon Fact Sheet on Human Trafficking in Vietnam to learn more.

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How can we end human trafficking?

The problem is massive, so we must all be a part of the solution.

In Vietnam, Blue Dragon works to strengthen families, schools, communities and systems to prevent and combat human trafficking.

We rescue people from slavery and care for them as they recover, while providing legal advocacy to put the traffickers behind bars.

Wherever you are, you can learn about trafficking and arm yourself with knowledge of the issue. Choose to buy from brands that make the effort to eliminate slavery in their supply chains.

And donate to Blue Dragon to get help to victims and survivors of this crime.

Our Work

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Street Kids

Through street outreach, Blue Dragon finds homeless children and offers shelter, family reunion, education, and health care.

Education

Blue Dragon ensures disadvantaged and street children stay in school and receive an education.

Human Trafficking

Blue Dragon is leading the fight against slavery and trafficking in Vietnam.

Legal Advocacy

Blue Dragon offers a unique Legal Advocacy service for young people in crisis.

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