What is human trafficking?

Human slavery is not a thing of the past. In our modern world, many women, children, and men are trafficked—forced against their will into service, work, or prostitution.  

Human trafficking is modern slavery. It includes the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining persons for labor or services through force, fraud, or coercion. 

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Labor Trafficking

There are two main categories of human trafficking—labor trafficking and sex trafficking. Forced labor saves costs; sexual exploitation generates profits. We fight all of it.  

According to the International Labor Organization:

  • 64% of human trafficking victims are exploited for labor 
  • 19% are sexual exploited 
  • 17% are exploited for state-forced labor 

Sex Trafficking

While labor trafficking accounts for the majority of victims, sex trafficking accounts for the majority of profits of the estimated $150 billion a year.

  • $99 billion from commercial sexual exploitation 
  • $34 billion in construction, manufacturing, mining and utilities 
  • $9 billion in agriculture, including forestry and fishing 
  • $8 billion dollars saved annually by private households that employ domestic workers under conditions of forced labor

Human Trafficking Victims

Victims can be any age, ethnicity, or sex, and are preyed upon for vulnerabilities to exploit like socioeconomic status, immigration status, and more. Millions of people are trapped, either through force or manipulation. 

Learn how to identify potential victims of trafficking so that if you see something, you can say something. National Trafficking Hotline: +1 (888) 373-7888

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Part of the solution

doTERRA is determined to be part of the solution. 

One of the ways doTERRA maintains integrity within its supply chain and avoids human trafficking is through the doTERRA Co-Impact Sourcing® Initiative. This supply chain initiative seeks to create shared value throughout the doTERRA global botanical network.  

doTERRA deliberately seeks to improve the social, economic, and environmental well-being of experienced local farmers, distillers, and producers of Certified Pure Tested Grade® essential oils, working to provide ethical treatment to partners in the supply chain.  

Guiding principles

doTERRA abides by eight Sourcing Guiding Principles:  

  • Generating Jobs 
  • Fair, On-Time Payments 
  • Building Supplier Capacity 
  • Sustaining Long-Term Partnerships 
  • Fair Labor Conditions 
  • Promoting Co-Operatives 
  • Environmental Stewardship 
  • Facilitating Community Development 

Additionally, all doTERRA suppliers are given a Code of Conduct, based on International Labour Organization (ILO) standards and internationally accepted good labor practices.  

Join the fight

Here at the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, we are dedicated to anti-human trafficking efforts of many kinds. We fight to end modern slavery using a multi-faceted approach known as the doTERRA Healing Hands HOPE model: Prevent, Rescue, Aftercare. Throughout this website, you can learn about each aspect of the HOPE model, the organizations we partner with, and what you can do to join the fight against human trafficking. 

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