- Human trafficking is the third largest criminal industry after drugs and firearms.
- The average age of victims is 11 to 14.
- Approximately 80% of victims are female. Males are usually sold to work in sweat shops, farms or other forms of service.
- 70% of all victims are trafficked for sexual purposes.
- Approximately 20,000 victims are trafficked INTO the U.S. each year.
- Each year, an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 men, women, and children are trafficked across international borders (some international and non-governmental organizations place the number far higher), and the trade is growing. (U.S. Department of State, 2004, Trafficking in Persons Report, Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of State.)
- *Sex traffickers use a variety of methods to "condition" their victims, including starvation, confinement, beatings, physical abuse, rape, gang rape, threats of violence to the victims' family, forced drug use, and the threat of shaming their victims by revealing their activities to their family and family friends.
- 9.5 billion dollars have been made off the bodies of young girls and women in sex trafficking.
- In the United States, any minor child involved in commercial sexual exploitation is considered a victim of human trafficking.
- Become informed. Learn all that you can about human trafficking.
- Educate others about human trafficking. Talk to your friends and family to bring more awareness. Write an article for your local newspaper. Write about human trafficking on your blog. Include information about human trafficking in local newsletters or bulletins.
- Give financially.
Each year, in the month of July, Abolition International launches "31 Days of Freedom" to bring awareness to human trafficking.
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