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There are 27 million slaves in the world today, more slaves than during the transatlantic slave trade.
100,000 to 300,000 U.S. children under 18 are at risk for commercial sexual exploitation every year.
On average, U.S. girls are age 12-14 when they enter sex trafficking, and boys are age 11-13.
450,000 children run away from home each year in the U.S. — 1 of 3 teens will be lured toward sex trafficking within 48 hours of leaving home.

What is human trafficking?

Human trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transporting, obtaining, or maintaining of a person by means of force, fraud, or coercion for purposes of involuntary servitude, debt bondage, slavery, or commercial sex act.

Where does this happen?

While it is difficult to quantify the number of victims of human trafficking because the crime is inherently underground, the International Labour Organization estimates that 40 million people were victims of modern slavery in 2017. Of those 40 million, 25 million people are victims of forced labor (16 million in private sector exploitation, 4.8 million in sexual exploitation, and over 4 million in forced labor by state authorities) and 15 of forced marriage. This comes out to be an average of 5.4 victims of trafficking for every 1,000 people in the world.

Who does this affect:

Anyone can be a victim of human trafficking, though some populations of individuals, given their positions in society, are more vulnerable to trafficking. These populations include:

  • Women and children
  • Marginalized communities (such as Roma, minority and indigenous populations)
  • Immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants, and refugees
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals
  • Individuals with a history of rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence
  • Individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds
  • Individuals in foster care
  • Homeless and run-away individuals
  • Environmental refugees and individuals subject to natural disasters
  • Individuals living in unstable political climates
  • Individuals with Disabilities

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