Human trafficking is the trade of humans for forced labor, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation for the benefit of others
How Big is this Problem?
Human Trafficking is a 150 billion dollar industry with an estimated 600,000 to 820,000 men, women and children trafficked across international borders each year, half of whom are minors. In Asia, Japan is the major destination country for trafficked women, especially women coming from the Philippines and Thailand. UNICEF estimates 60,000 child prostitutes in the Philippines.
Impact of Problem
Women and children that are trafficked for sexual exploitation are at risk of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Human trafficking has become a world-wide industry, involving millions of people each year, and generating billions of dollars in revenues. Victims of trafficking often experience physical trauma due to excessive work and/or the use of force by traffickers. Moreover, insecurity, anxiety, and fear are all experienced by human trafficking victims. The conditions present in human trafficking are heinous and typically against the victim’s will including work under the threats of violence against them or family members or to pay off an existing debt.
Reform Through Education has sponsored, financed and partnered with Rock Against Trafficking, a non-profit benefit corporation organized to amplify the power of music to end human trafficking. Rock Against Trafficking has collaborated with a coalition of Grammy-winning and national touring artists on our first compilation album of covers by Sting and The Police to put the spotlight on human trafficking where attention has been previously insufficient.
The artists who are a part of this collaboration include:
SLASH, JOURNEY, ROB THOMAS, EN VOGUE, CARLOS SANTANA, GLENN HUGHES, HEART, DILANA SMITH, ANDY FRASER AND BETH HART, KEB MO, BETH HART, ROB MORROW, ELLIS HALL and STEVE VAI
REFORM THROUGH EDUCATION is a key organizer of this campaign and production.