Last summer China was rocked by exposure of a massive human trafficking scandal in Shanxi Province where it was discovered that thousands of men, women, children and mentally handicapped people were being forced to work making bricks. Over 1,300 were finally rescued from the brutal conditions under which they worked. The Chinese government announced yesterday a new coordinated effort to halt such conditions from ever occurring again. Over twenty ministries will coordinate their efforts to halt any human trafficking in China. The Chinese government estimates about 2,000-3,000 people are caught up on human trafficking, but the International Labor Organization places the figures as closer to 20,000-30,000 each year. Several hundred women have been found to be sold to brothels in Thailand which is a major center of sexual exploitation.
China has a migrant population of over 140,000,000 people which certainly opens the door to human trafficking since many confront extreme conditions of poverty and discrimination.