9 Things to Know About Human Trafficking

1. Modern-day slavery, or “trafficking in persons,” or “human trafficking,” is the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.

2. There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history.

3. For most of human history slaves were expensive, the average cost being around the equivalent of $40,000. Today, the average slave costs around $90.

4. Trafficking in persons is estimated to be one of the top-grossing criminal industries in the world.

5. According to a report by the Congressional Research Service, it is more profitable for a trafficker to prostitute a child than to commit other crimes such as dealing in drugs.

6. Human trafficking disproportionately affects communities of color. 

7. Nearly half of all incidents investigated by U.S. law enforcement agencies between January 1, 2008, and June 30, 2010, involved allegations of adult prostitution (48%). Forty percent involved prostitution of a child or child sexual exploitation. Fourteen percent of cases contained allegations of labor trafficking.

8. Traffic of children in Asia assumes a more significant proportion of overall trafficking than in other regions of the world. Younger children are found in the sex industry as customers seek to avoid AIDS, and much Asian sex tourism features children and minors of both sexes.

9. The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12 to 14-year-old. According to Shared Hope International, children exploited through prostitution report they typically are given a quota by their trafficker/pimp of 10 to 15 buyers per night, though some service providers report girls having been sold to as many as 45 buyers in a night at peak demand times.

Learn more at Joe Carter’s The Gospel Coalition article: 9 Things You Should Know About Human Trafficking.

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