human trafficking scope & stats

HUMAN TRAFFICKING SCOPE

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Human trafficking is one of the most underreported crimes in the world. It’s estimated that there are currently over 40 million people in modern-day slavery internationally. Assessing the full scope of human trafficking is difficult because cases so often go undetected, something the United Nations refers to as “the hidden figure of crime.”

 

Trafficking involves transporting someone into a situation of exploitation. This can include forced labour, marriage, prostitution, and organ removal. This kind of exploitation is known by a few different names - “human trafficking,” “trafficking of persons,” and “modern-day slavery."

 

Human trafficking earns global profits of roughly $150 billion a year for traffickers, $99 billion of which comes from commercial sexual exploitation.

 

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING STATS

Did you know?

  • Every 2.5 hours, a child is taken by human traffickers.

  • Every trafficked child is purchased for sex 5.4 times a day.

  • In Canada alone, there are 50,000 young girls and children being forced into sex slavery.

  • 100,000 to 150,000 victims are held as commercial sex slaves in the U.S.