January 11 is a day to remember a silent population: the victims of human trafficking. Since they can’t speak for themselves, we take a moment to speak out for them. Facts that may be new to you about the underworld of Human Trafficking:
- It is estimated that upwards of 27 million men, women and children are victims of human trafficking – modern day slavery across the globe. That’s more people than the total populations of some countries, like Greece or Ghana.
- Every year, thousands of slaves are trafficked right here in the U.S. It’s a national and international crisis.
- Over 80% of those trans-nationally trafficked are women and children.
- Some 800,000 people against their will are trafficked across international borders each year – and 50% of them are children.
- A slave today costs an average of just $90. Compare that to a slave in 1850 in the southern U.S., with an equivalent cost today of $40,000.
- Slavery is masked by many names: debt-bonded, forced labor, indentured servitude. By any other name it is still slavery.
- Slaves can be found in a multitude of places, from fields to brothels to factories. They can be found in homes or restaurants near you.
- Slavery is not legal anywhere, and yet it happens everywhere.