Fighting trafficking begins with understanding root causes that make people vulnerable to trafficking.
Unseen's partners protect the most vulnerable through prevention. These partners/programs thwart traffickers' attempts to recruit vulnerable people into slavery.
Trafficking occurs most frequently in industries that have high demand for its products/services and pressure for lower prices. 50% of trafficked people are trapped in forced labor (non-sexual) industries such as domestic services, hospitality, production, agriculture/aquaculture, and mining. 38% are trapped in forced marriages. 12% are trapped in forced sexual labor, which includes prostitution, brothels, massage parlors, cybersex, creation of pornography and child sexual abuse material.
When people imagine anti-trafficking work, brothel raids may come to mind. While Unseen has partners that conduct raids, this represents only one aspect of protection work. Unseen's partners deliver comprehensive protection/aftercare to victims.
Prosecuting exploiters is the next step after someone escapes slavery. This safeguards other vulnerable people from those exploiters and also weakens the economic engine that fuels slavery operations.
The final step in fighting trafficking is changing existing laws and adding new laws that better protect the vulnerable and disincentivize slavery. These are important preventative measures making it more difficult for exploiters to prey on the most vulnerable.