Syria’s Human Trafficking
Syria has been in a state of a turmoil and war for nearly the past decade. Unfortunately this vastly complex war has left 5.6 million civilians with no home to turn to and leaving 4 million more vulnerable. Human trafficking earns global profits of $150 billion a year for traffickers in which $99 billion comes from the sexual exploitation of these humans according to the International Labor Organization report from 2014. Many women and children are taken by terrorist groups such as ISIS which force them into slave or sex labor according to 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report – Syria. According to this report, Syria is classified as a tier-3 in where the nation no longer has the power nor control to enforce proper laws or the proper equipment/resources to help our victims as well due to ongoing conflict.
However we believe we can improve, some solutions we can look to implement are to prosecute perpetrators of human trafficking, including officials complicit in the international unlawful recruitment and use of child soldiers, and proactively identify potential and past trafficking victims and provide them with appropriate protection services.
- Aryan Singh