Human trafficking: flourishing in the developed world

Belgium, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Thailand, Turkey and the United States are countries ranked ‘very high’ as destination countries of trafficked persons. (UNODC, 2006)

Prostitution in the Philippines is a de facto legal industry that is now the fourth largest source of gross national product (GNP) for the country. 300,000 sex tourists from Japan alone are believed to visit the Philippines every year.

The sex industry in the Netherlands is estimated to make almost $1 billion each year. (UNECE, 2004) It is a major Western European destination country for trafficked women with 2000 brothels and numerous escort services, using an estimated 30,000 women. (D. Hughes, 2002) Conservatively, 68-80% of women in its sex industry are from other countries, a factor highly indicative of sex trafficking.

Pray for the buyers of human life, for sexual pleasure or cheap labour, to be brought to justice; pray for governments in these ‘developed’ nations to fight this evil in their land; pray for the church in these lands to stand against evil.


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