Hear the Facts

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.

It is something that is happening right here – in fact in Kazakhstan 4.2 of every 1000 people are in slavery. That’s 75,000 people and up from 3.6 in 2014! This includes sexual exploitation, forced labour or forced marriage.

Regular people just like us are being moved around within Kazakhstan, brought to Kazakhstan and taken from Kazakhstan, ending up in slavery all around the world.

Here at Sparking Freedom our special focus are those in sexual slavery. Here are some results of a global study carried out in 9 countries, explaining what many of those we see working in the sex industry experience.

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95% of those in prostitution experienced sexual harassment that would be legally actionable in another job setting.

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65% to 95% of those in prostitution were sexually assaulted as children.

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70% to 95% have been physically assaulted while in prostitution

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75% of those in prostitution have been homeless at some point in their lives.

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85% to 95% of those in prostitution want to escape it, but have no other options for survival.

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68% of 854 people in strip club, massage, and street prostitution in 9 countries met criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

In our work here, we have also come across situations where those in the sex industry have been kept in places without running water and have not been allowed to leave their place of work freely – even for medical treatment.

But don’t just take our word for it – read some of the true stories on this site to find out more.

“GSI 2014 Global Data and codebook”. The Global Slavery Index. Walk Free Foundation. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
All statistics are credited to: (Melissa Farley, 2004, Prostitution is sexual violence. Psychiatric Times. http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/sexualoffenses/content/article/10168/48311)


We are a group of volunteers committed to exposing modern day slavery here in Kazakhstan and providing assistance and alternatives to those trapped in it. If you would like to find out more or talk to us further, please use the form below to get in touch or send us a private message on one of our social media accounts.