About Human Trafficking
27 Million people are enslaved around the world.
Many people think that slavery ended a long time ago. But the most widely accepted and conservative estimates state that there are a minimum of 27 million human slaves in our world today. That's the highest number in history. And even a single person is one too many.
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery.
By definition, human trafficking is the recruitment, transport, transfer, harboring or receipt of a person by such means as threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud or deception for the purpose of exploitation. It's not a single act; it's a process with three essential steps, which are: the act, the means, and the purpose. In order for a crime to be considered human trafficking, it must contain all three of those aspects. But the crime of human trafficking goes much deeper than it's definition.
Slavery is illegal everywhere in the world, yet it is practiced in every nation on earth.
No matter where you are, it's close to home. No one nation or region is an exception to modern day slavery. It affects the world's richest and poorest nations, within borders and across borders. In fact, approximately 2.5 million women and children from 127 different countries are internationally and domestically trafficked every year. While there is widespread legislation aimed at preventing this practice, it is too commonly not enforced.
Human trafficking generates $32 Billion every year.
Because of the nature of the crime, traffickers can turn huge profits with each victim. In fact, the average sex slave will earn her pimp about $250,000 per year and over half of the revenue generated through human trafficking comes from western nations, like the United States. The western world's role in human trafficking is undeniable. But the shear size and impact of that role is commonly underestimated. In fact, the United States is one of the largest buyers of human slaves today. Beyond that, Americans account for one quarter of all child sex tourists in the world.
Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise of the 21st century.
Currently, it's the second largest organized crime entity in the world, with the drug trade being the first. But because of it's rapid growth, it is estimated that within five years time, human trafficking will surpass the drug trade and become the largest organized crime entity in the world. In western culture, the drug dealer has been vilified (and in some instances glamorized) for decades. However, as the trend in human trafficking continues, we should find that our common "super villains" will, to a degree, be replaced with slave holders.
80% of human trafficking victims are female. 50% are children. 80% are under 24.
Because 80% of human trafficking is for sexual exploitation, 19% is for labor trafficking and the remaining 1% is generally for organ trafficking and child soldiering, a large demand has been created for young victims (especially girls). In the United States and around the globe, the average age for sex trafficking victims is 13. We have encountered victims as young as 5. Although domestic trafficking is much more prevalent in America than international trafficking, the United States government still conservatively estimates that 17,500 people are trafficked into our country every year. For comparative purposes, the amount of people that were murdered in the United States in 2011 was 13,913. In addition to that, approximately 300,000 American children are at risk of being domestically trafficked every year. Finally, we should note that there are currently 2.8 million runaway or homeless youth in the United States and within 48 hours of running away, 1 in 3 of them will be approached by the commercial sex industry. Less than 1% of human trafficking victims have been rescued.
There is so much more to know.
To learn more about the crime of human trafficking, ways to detect it, and what you can do to help, please visit the Polaris Project. For additional ways to take action in your own community, please go back to our main page and check out the organizations that we endorse.If you are a victim or would like to report trafficking in your area, please call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-3737-888 to submit an anonymous tip.← Go back