Our World


Association of Southeast Asian Nations

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional grouping that promotes political, security and economic cooperation among its ten members: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.  

According to Walk Free Global Slavery Index, in 2016, 24.9 million men, women and children were living in modern day slavery.  The area has the 2nd highest prevalence of slavery and vulnerable people in the world.    
Asia and the Pacific region have the highest number of victims across all modern day slavery.  

73% sexual exploitation
68% forced to work by state authorities
64% labor exploitation
42% forced marriages

Sex Traffic

Between 2012–14, more than 60 percent of the 7,800 identified victims were trafficked for sexual exploitation. In many cases, the women and children are from remote and impoverished communities. Forced marriages of young women and girls are rampant in the ASEAN region of Cambodia, China, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

Forced Labor

Many Southeast Asian male victims migrate in search of paid jobs but wind up forced to labor in fishing, agriculture, construction, and domestic work due to their inability to repay exorbitant fees to unauthorized brokers and recruiters and become vulnerable to debt bondage and exploitation.* (debt based coercion)

Human Trafficking generates $150.3 billion a year in profit globally.  The Asia Pacific region generates the most profit.* 

*International Labor Organization and Poverty:  The Economics of Forced Labor 2015, International Organization for Migration (IOM)


Middle East and North Africa

Due to political instability, war, economic hardship, and lack of communication with neighboring countries, the number of cases have increased exponentially over the last ten years in the Middle East and North Africa [MENA].  
Human Trafficking of persons is the fastest growing and most profitable crime throughout the world. Another major force driving human trafficking in this region is the large influx of foreign migration, especially from Southeast Asia and India.  Oftentimes, immigrants travel to the Middle East and North Africa for legitimate employment, such as domestic workers, but later become victims of exploitation.  Cases of human trafficking are unreported since the survivor is not a citizen of that country and legislative definitions of human trafficking can be unclear.  
Many countries in the Middle East are in various stages of legislative reform around human trafficking, as well as over the legal status of women, most of them have legislation already enacted against human trafficking, however many violations of these laws are unclear and still unenforced.  Families of the survivor are also reluctant to report these crimes or unwilling to cooperate in an investigation to protect their dignity and honor.
Due to political strife and economic hardship, inability to identify victims of human trafficking and prevalence of gender inequality, human trafficking has and will continue to flourish in the Middle East and North Africa.

Join the mission

Human Trafficking of persons is the fastest growing and most profitable crime throughout the world.