Modern Slavery: The Facts

Many people believe slavery is a problem of the past…that it is no longer a part of today’s world. This is untrue. Slavery is still an issue, one that has changed shape over time. Here are some facts about modern slavery.

  1. Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including but not limited to: forcing victims into prostitution, subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude, and compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography.
  2. According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation and 19% involves labor exploitation.
  3. The International Labour Organization estimates that women and girls represent the largest share of forced labor victims with 11.4 million trafficked victims (55%), compared to the 9.5 million (45%) men.
  4. The average age for a teenager who enters the sex trade in the United States is 12 – 14-years-old. Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children.
  5. Globally, the average cost of a modern slave is $90.
  6. There are approximately 20 – 30 million modern slaves in the world today.
  7. According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 – 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. Of these, 80% are female and half are children.
  8. Between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked in the United States every year.
  9. The National Human Trafficking Hotline receives more calls from Texas than any other state. 15% of those calls are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
  10. 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.

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