Some Facts About Slavery & Human Trafficking
- There are approximately 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today.
- Every 30 seconds, another individual becomes a victim of human trafficking.
- Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking). It reportedly generates a profit of $32 billion every year. Of that number, $15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries.
- Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including: forcing victims into prostitution, subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude and compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography.
- According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.
- Between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States alone each year.
- Today the average cost of a slave is $90.
Sources (listed in order):
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