Human trafficking is big business!!!
- According to the CNN Freedom Project human trafficking is a $32 billion annual industry.
- Behind only illegal drugs and the arms trade, human trafficking is the third most lucrative crime industry in the world.
- There are roughly 27 million slaves on earth today, more than during the time of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
- The current average cost of a slave, $90, is the lowest in human history. By contrast, the relative cost of a slave in 1809 (in 2011 dollars) was roughly $40,000. • 600,000-800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. Over 70% are female, and over 50% are children.
- According to a United Nations report, 46% of people sold into slavery are victimized by people they know.
It’s not just “over there”!!!
- Of the $32 billion made annually in enslavement of human beings, Industrialized nations are responsible for $15.5 billion, over 48%.
- NC is ranked 8th on the FBI’s list of states where trafficking activity is most likely to occur.
The Elephant in the Room: The U.S. sex trade is real!!!
- According to the Polaris Project, as many as 100,000 minors are involved in the sex trade in the United States.
- The average age girls are forced into the sex trade is between 12 and 14 years old.
- The sex industry is regarded as a “low risk, high reward” industry. According to a Polaris Project study, girls forced into prostitution are often expected to fill quotas of $500-$1000 a night, 7 days a week under penalty of physical retaliation. According to the study, an average pimp controlling 4 girls would make $632,000 annually.