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Links in the trafficking chain

Updated: Thu, 10 Nov 2016

Introduction

Modern slavery affects 46 million people worldwide, a crime that knows no borders and generates $150 billion a year in illegal profits. A scourge of this magnitude relies on the involvement and complicity of countless perpetrators: pimps, smugglers, organised criminals and corrupt officials.

But some of the “links in the trafficking chain” defy stereotypes. From the “juju” priests and victims-turned-madams who fuel Nigerian sex trafficking in Italy to the faceless agents of debt bondage in India who view exploitation as a service to the poor, the faces of modern slavery aren’t like in the movies.

To shine a light on some of the more surprising perpetrators of trafficking – from the extraordinary to the banal – we are launching a series of investigative stories. Watch this space for more.

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Modern slavery affects 46 million people worldwide, a crime that knows no borders and generates $150 billion a year in illegal profits. A scourge of this magnitude relies on the involvement and complicity of countless perpetrators: pimps, smugglers, organised criminals and corrupt officials.

But some of the “links in the trafficking chain” defy stereotypes. From the “juju” priests and victims-turned-madams who fuel Nigerian sex trafficking in Italy to the faceless agents of debt bondage in India who view exploitation as a service to the poor, the faces of modern slavery aren’t like in the movies.

To shine a light on some of the more surprising perpetrators of trafficking – from the extraordinary to the banal – we are launching a series of investigative stories. Watch this space for more.

Click the STORIES tab on the left to see more.