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Did you know the average cost of a slave is $90 and that there are 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today?  To get the facts about Human Trafficking, read more.

Facts about Human Trafficking

  • The average cost of a slave is $90 
  • There are 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today 
  • Trafficking involves exploitation from  forcing victims into prostitution , slavery or involuntary servitude and compelling victims to commit sex acts for pornography 
  • Human trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world, after drug smuggling and arms dealing 
  • Trafficked children are significantly more likely to develop mental health problems, abuse substances, engage in prostitution as adults, and either commit or be victimized by violent crimes later in life. 
  • It is estimated that 100,000 to 300,000 children are at risk of commercial sex exploitation in the United States at any given time. 
  • Trafficking is never consented.  Trafficking is ongoing exploitation that usually generates profits. Trafficking is not always transnational. 
  • In 2014, an estimated 1 out of 6 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely child sex trafficking victims. Of those, 68 percent were in the care of social services or foster care when they ran. 
  • Fifty percent of people trafficked in the United States are children  

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Want to learn more about Human Trafficking?  Go to our story Sex Trafficking: Risk Factors and Resources.

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