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Girls face between two barcodes, signifying she's for sale.A girl with a blindfold and text saying 'Don't close your eyes to human trafficking'.Kidnapped girl, beaten, abused, chained and forced into human trafficking.

The Facts

After drug dealing, human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world today.

The Facts

Globally, there are nearly 2.2 million children in the commercial sex trade.

The Facts

Approximately 80 percent of human trafficking victims are women and girls, and up to 50 percent are minors.

The Facts

The total market value of illicit human trafficking is estimated to be in excess of $32 billion.

The Price of Sex

Profiles the forgotten Eastern European women who have been drawn into the netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse. It is a story told by young women who were supposed to be silenced by shame, fear and violence. Exposing the shadowy world of sex trafficking from the isolated farms of Eastern Europe to the crowded brothels of the Middle East and Western Europe. Jenea details how she left her rural village in Moldova to work as a housekeeper abroad, only to wind up as a virtual prisoner in a foreign brothel, forced to work as a prostitute.

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Two young kidnapped girls

What is Human Trafficking?

Definition Article 3, paragraph (a) of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines Trafficking in Persons as the recru
Trafficked victim locked in a room

Why does demand thrive?

Low Risk When the community is unaware of this issue, when government and community institutions are not trained to respond, when there are ineffectiv
Trafficked girl removing her clothes on a bed

What You Need To Know

Demand for Sex Trafficking: What You Need To Know Individuals who buy commercial sex acts create the demand for sex trafficking.  Many sex buyers may
Female trafficked victim sitting on a bed

Why Trafficking Exists?

Like drugs and arms trafficking, human trafficking is a market-driven criminal industry that is based on the principles of supply and demand. Many fac

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Our Service

  • Tirzah Speakers

    Invite someone from Tirzah to speak to your group about our work and human trafficking or about starting a Tirzah branch in your area.
  • Partner with Us

    Would you consider partnering with us as we grow and look at expanding our outreach activities? You could run a fundraising event on our behalf, make a one-off or ongoing donation.
  • Write on human trafficking

    Write a story/poem/reflection on human trafficking which we can put up on our website/Facebook to inspire, inform, challenge and encourage others. It can be about sexual or labour exploitation.
  • Not for Sale Event

    Organise a Not for Sale/Freedom Sunday event to raise awareness of the injustice of human trafficking. We would be delighted to assist you and there are plenty of resources on the following websites www.freedomsunday.org or www.notforsalecampaign.org
  • Creative Arts

    If you have a love of arts and crafts maybe you would consider creating a piece for us on human trafficking. It could be a painting/drawing or an art piece we could use at campaign and outreach events e.g. chains to represent the bonds of slavery. We are open to ideas! Be creative!
  • Tirzah T-shirts

    Purchase some of our stylish t-shirts and create awareness of human trafficking and help us raise money at the same time! They are only €10 excluding post and packaging.


  • When Ashley was 12-years-old she got into a fight with her mother and ran away from home. She ended up staying with her friend’s older brother at his house and intended to go home the next day, but when she tried to leave he told her that he was a pimp and that she was now his property. He locked her in a room, beat her daily, and advertised her for sex on websites.
  • Maria Elena was 13 years old when a family acquaintance told her she could make ten times as much money waiting tables in the United States than she could in her small village. She and several other girls were driven across the border, and then continued the rest of the way on foot. Maria Elena was gang-raped and locked in the trailer until she agreed to do what she was told.
  • I fell in love with a military man, who persuaded me to move with him to an undisclosed remote area. There, I was raped and beat continually while handcuffed to a door of an abandoned house. Repeatedly, I witnessed the beatings, rapes and murders of innocent women. At times, my tears of hopelessness would drown me into a pathos of my own execution. How could my own country not be aware of these cruelties?
  • Camila was only 14 when she was persuaded to leave her job as a maid and forced into prostitution in a bar in the Amazon. She was repeatedly restrained, raped and drugged. The traffickers coerced and bribed Camila with her freedom to get her to recruit her friend Sandra into sex trafficking as well. Camila was given her freedom but Sandra was then sexually exploited and humiliated.