21-30 million people are victims of modern-day slavery (human trafficking). India has the largest number of people in slavery at 14 million. (Free the Slaves)
Approximately 80% of human trafficking victims are women and girls and about 50% are minors. (U.S. State Department, ITEMP fact sheet)
Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing transnational crimes generating an estimated (US) $32 billion per year. (U.S. State Department, 2008, WorldVision fact sheet)
Human trafficking is most pervasive in countries with weak justice systems where perpetrators know they are unlikely to face any significant consequences. (IJM)
Traffickers prey on those who suffer most from macro factors like gender discrimination, family violence, and a lack of access to education and economic opportunity (Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking)
The majority of trafficking victims are used for sexual exploitation; others for bonded labor, domestic work, military conscription, marriage, elicit adoption, sport, begging, or organ harvesting. (Combating Child Trafficking, UNICEF 2005).
Worldwide, there are nearly two million children in the commercial sex trade. (IJM)
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