Millions of people are held as slaves, trafficked in brothels, unjustly held in jail, kicked out of their homes, raped, beaten and abused. Those living in poverty are especially vulnerable to exploitation, and these injustices perpetuate the cycle of extreme poverty.
Human trafficking is nothing less than serious, domestic and international, organized crime. It is now thought to be the second most lucrative organized criminal activity worldwide generating an estimated $32 billion per annum.
The exploitation of human beings for profit takes many forms, including sexual exploitation, forced labor, child trafficking and domestic servitude. The efforts of successive governments to tackle the causes and effects of slavery have been met with limited success, not least because of the fluidity of trafficking networks, which are quick to adapt to changing circumstances. Limited public understanding of the issue compounds the problem. People are slow to recognize instances of trafficking in their midst and are also reluctant to report these to the police.
BMA is committed to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery, and to strengthening the anti-trafficking movement through a comprehensive approach. BMA will seek to support and fund organizations that specialize in Public Education & Awareness, Victim Rescue & Assistance, and Policy Advocacy in order to reduce the collateral effects of human trafficking.