How human trafficking
spans the world
Illustrations by Michelle Thompson
Cover photo by Steve McCurry/ILO
Human beings should not be bought or sold. But each year, tens of thousands are, in a booming trade fuelled by desperation, organised crime and the ever greater number of vulnerable people on the move.
In these stories, FT reporters investigate the true scope of trafficking, from modern-day slaves making their way from Africa to Europe to kidnapped children in China.
Dora and her traffickers set out to cross the Sahara desert in a pick up truck with just 4 litres of water, some milk, and garri — a tapioca flour. Soon, the bag carrying the garri burst.Read the story
Without their passports, Nepali housemaids are at the mercy of sometimes violent and abusive employers in the Gulf. Sunita Tamang could not even call her husband to see if she had been paid — she never was.Read the story
The number of trafficking victims in the UK system has shot up. Guaranteed 45 days in a safe house, such people too often end up on the streets or back in traffickers’ hands.Read the story