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Date:June 09, 2014

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 ineffective or dormant laws to address the crime, when safety nets for victims do not exist, and when law enforcement does not investigate and prosecute the crime, human traffickers perceive little risk or deterrence to affect their criminal operations.


High Profits

When individuals are willing to buy commercial sex, they create a market and make it profitable for traffickers to sexually exploit children and adults.

When consumers are willing to buy goods and services from industries that rely on forced labour, they create a profit incentive for labour traffickers to maximise revenue with minimal production costs.

Left unchecked, human trafficking will continue to flourish in environments where traffickers can reap substantial monetary gains with relatively low risk of getting caught.