It is estimated that at least 27 million people are currently enslaved around the world; many have been enslaved through being trafficked.
Approximately 800,000 people annually are trafficked across national borders. Around 80 percent of these victims are women and girls and up to 50 percent are minors. The majority of females are trafficked into commercial sexual exploitation. (2007 Trafficking in Persons Report, U.S. State Department)
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) now believes that the number of children trafficked each year is around 1.2 million. (2006)
That's two children per minute trafficked for sexual exploitation/slavery.
45,000-50,000 persons are trafficked into the U.S. each year; 15,000 of them are children. (ECPAT-USA)
The U.N. and other experts estimate the total market value of illicit human trafficking at $32 billion. (UNODC)
These numbers make trafficking in persons the second most lucrative crime in the world, second only to the sale of drugs. (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2006).
About $28 billion of this is generated from commercial sexual exploitation. (International Labor Organization)
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