Some climate alarmists believe global warming leads to more human trafficking. The truth is quite different.
To prevent what they believe is dangerous manmade global warming, climate alarmists want to reduce CO2 emissions. This requires reducing fossil fuel consumption, which can be achieved partly by reducing consumption per person, but also by reducing the number of persons consuming. That requires reducing population growth and eventually population itself. This becomes a rationale for government family planning programs, which incentivize having fewer children, which leads to abortions. And those lead to human trafficking.
Particularly in poor, developing countries, the birth of a boy often is viewed as a promise of provision for the parents in their old age, but the birth of a girl is not. Consequently, when parents are urged or even legally required to limit the number of their children (as in China’s just-ended one-child policy—replaced by a two-child policy), population-control policies lead to sex-selection abortions and an excess of males to females (e.g., China has 33 million more males than females and a male/female birth ratio of 116/100—and similar patterns prevail in many poor countries, especially in Asia), which increases demand for pornography and prostitution, which encourages human sex trafficking.
One would hope that President Obama, Pope Francis, Senator Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, and other climate alarmists would think twice, then, before continuing their demands for immediate and drastic action to fight climate change. Will they?