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Are you aware that 3,287 people are sold or kidnapped and forced into slavery every day? Not many people are. That's 136 an hour and that's just the reported cases. Are you aware that most of these are children and most of them are sold repeatedly for sex? Again, it's a little known fact but it's real and it's happening all around us -- even here in the US.

Trafficking in women and children for sexual exploitation is one of the most serious human rights violations in todays world. Protecting children from violence, exploitation and abuse is an integrate component of protecting their freedom to survive, grow & develop.

Are you aware that the global sex slavery market generates $32 billion in profits each year? I bet it will astonish you that the only crime to outpace it is illegal drugs. This is amazing as the average human is sold into slavery for less than $100.

Are you aware that UNICEF has written that at any time there are 2 million children being trafficked in the global sex trade? That's right -- and if you want to know how many people that is, that's about half the population of Dallas, Texas (as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2010).

Trafficking in children is a global problem affecting large numbers of children. There is a demand for trafficked children as cheap labour or for sexual exploitation. Children and their families are often unaware of the dangers of trafficking, believing that better employment and lives lie in other countries.

Are you aware that 300,000 American children are at risk of child sexual exploitation and about 55% of the girls living on the streets are engaged in sexual slavery? They can start as a troubled youth or as a valedictorian -- the crime of trafficking is about opportunity, not about the child.

What is the scale of human trafficking worldwide?

Men, women and children are trafficked within their own countries and across international borders. Trafficking affects every continent and most countries.

Every country is affected by human trafficking, whether they are an origin country where people are trafficked from; a transit country where people are trafficked through; or a destination country where people are trafficked to. Often a country will be all three. Men, women and children are trafficked.

Due to the hidden and illegal nature of human trafficking, gathering statistics on the scale of the problem is difficult. The following statistics may represent an underestimation of trafficking, but are the most credible and frequently quoted.

People trafficking is the fastest growing means by which people are enslaved, the fastest growing international crime, and one of the largest sources of income for organized crime (The UN Office on Drugs and Crime)

>>> At least 12.3 million people are victims of forced labour worldwide. Of these 2.4 million are as a result of human trafficking. (A global alliance against forced labor, International Labour Organization, 2005)?
>>> 600,000-800,000 men, women and children are trafficked across international borders each year. Approximately 80 per cent are women and girls. Up to 50% are minors. (US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2005)?
>>> The majority of trafficked victims arguably come from the poorest countries and poorest strata of the national population. (A global alliance against forced labor, International Labour Organization, 2005)?
>>> There are even reports that some trafficking groups are switching their cargo from drugs to human beings, in a search of high profits at lower risk. (Un office on drugs and crime)
>>> In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation eradicating slavery, yet more than one million people are enslaved in the U.S. today.
>>> Every 10 minutes, a woman or child is trafficked into the United States for forced labor
>>> 76% of transactions for sex with underage girls are conducted via the internet
>>> The U.S. government spends 300 times more money per year to fight drug trafficking than it does to fight human trafficking?

Recommended reading:

"The Road Of Lost Innocence" by Somaly Mam
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"Escaping the Devil's Bedroom" by Dawn Herzoq Jewell
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Sex Trafficking, Global Prostitution, and the Gospel's Transforming Power.


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