Global Exchange Reality Tours wants to bring together aspiring individuals to travel to Thailand. Accurate statistics are difficult to compile, but it is believed that between 600,00 and 800,000 human beings are trafficked across international borders each year, 80% of them women and children. It is estimated that approximately $9 billion dollars in profits are generated annually through slavery and trafficking, placing the trade in human trafficking in the top three most profitable criminal enterprises along with the drugs and arms trades.
Many people think of slavery as a heinous practice long abandoned by humanity, but today there are roughly 27 million human slaves in bondage, many in the United States itself. 1.2 million children are trafficked each year for the purposes of forced labor, and it is estimated that 1.8 million children are working today in the global sex industry. The numbers are staggering, and actually confronting them and the shattered lives they represent can be an overwhelming prospect. Yet we are not powerless in the face of this monstrous industry, and the first step towards bringing it to a halt is education.
Global Exchange Reality Tours is facilitating this delegation to Thailand geared specifically to confronting the realities of the global trade in human beings. Participants will receive a comprehensive education in the mechanics of human trafficking, as well an understanding of its underlying causes. Participants will meet with those who have been freed from slavery and learn what it means to rebuild one's life after having been a victim of trafficking, and will also engage directly with groups and individuals on the frontlines of the struggle to expose and ultimately end the trade in human lives.
Your guide is a local expert in the field, equipped with first hand experience with the struggle to end human trafficking and with the connections necessary to provide participants with a close-up view of the face of this industry. We will visit vulnerable communities targeted by traffickers, learn effective strategies for undermining slave rings, and experience first hand how emancipated slaves rebuild their lives. Upon return, Global Exchange will integrate the insights of the trip directly into an understanding of the nature of human trafficking in the United States and the meaning of working globally on backyard abolitionist activities.
Sample Itinerary 
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- Meet with local activists for social justice'
- Learn effective strategies for undermining slave rings, and experience first hand how victims rebuild their lives
- Meet with activist in the fight against Human Trafficking
- Visit different NGOs working directly with victims of Human Trafficking'
- All accommodations in 3 star and above hotels. Price is for shared double room - we can usually pair you up with a roommate
- All in-country transportation
- Two meals per day
- Tour leaders and guides
- All program activities and translation
- All entrance fees
- Preparatory reading materials
To register, please send in your application form and a deposit of $400. Payments by Mastercard, Visa and Discover are welcome. Deposits are non-refundable unless the trip is canceled by Global Exchange as explained below.
Please note: We must meet a minimum number of trip participants on every trip, so please register early!
To ensure that all participants can plan accordingly, the minimum number of participants must be reached within 30 days before departure, or the trip will be canceled. Registered participants can choose to receive a full refund or transfer to a future group. Once a trip is confirmed (reaches the minimum # of participants) registrations may be accepted up to 1 week before departure.
This trip will be as diverse as possible in terms of race, age and life experiences. In some cases, a limited number of partial scholarships are available for low-income applicants