An Introduction to Human Trafficking

By Jeff Palmer, CEO on September 4, 2017 | Print

In our next few blogs, we’re going to talk about a sensitive but terrible issue in the world today: human trafficking. It exists in every country of the world. Most human trafficking victims come from the poor, underdeveloped countries of the world. Most of the financing and money supporting this horrible industry comes from developed countries. But every country is affected, one way or another.

The US Department of State defines human trafficking as, “the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for commercial sex acts or compelled labor through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.”

Here are some graphic facts about global human trafficking. The data is taken from several sources such as the UN report on global trafficking, International Labor Organization, etc.

  • It is estimated that there are 21 million people trafficked in the world today.
  • Human trafficking earns profits of roughly $150 billion a year. About 2/3 of those profits ($100 billion) come from commercial sexual exploitation while the remaining 1/3 comes through forced labor.
  • Around 80% of trafficked people are women and children. Children alone make up 30% of the totaled trafficked.
  • There are more human slaves (commercial sex and forced labor) today than at any time in history.
  • The three major categories of trafficked persons are: forced prostitution, forced labor/involuntary servitude, and forced sex acts for the purpose of ponorgraphy.
  • The average age of a girl forced into prostitution in the USA is 12 to 14 years old and she more than likely comes from an abuse background.

As sad as these numbers are, it gets sadder. However, we believe there is hope for a future for the victims of human trafficking! By informing ourselves about the issue of human trafficking, we can help put a stop to this terrible industry.

In our next blog, we are going to discuss the value or “cost” of a human life.

For more information about Human Trafficking, read the U.S. Department of State’s 2017 Trafficking in Human Persons Report.