Causes We Partner With
POVERTY + HUNGER
LACK OF EDUCATION
Statistics + Information
All over the world, even in our own backyard, people are enslaved in all forms of Human Trafficking. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) states that Human Trafficking is: The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, the abuse of power, a position of vulnerability or of the giving/receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation or the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.
After drug dealing, human trafficking (both sex trafficking & trafficking for forced labor) is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today, & it is the fastest growing. (U.S. Department of Heath & Human Services) The total market value of illicit human trafficking is estimated to be in excess of $32 billion. (U.N.)
12.3 million adults and children in forced labor, bonded labor, and commercial sexual servitude at any given time. Of these victims, 1.4 million are victims of commercial sexual servitude. Also, 56% of all forced labor victims are women and girls. (ILO) xxxii In the case of all forced labor, 40-50% of persons exploited may be children. (ILO 80 percent of human trafficking victims are women & girls, & up to 50 percent are minors. (U.S. Department of State) 600,000 to 800,000 children, women & men trafficked across international borders annually. (U.S. Department of State)