Here are 15 Facts About Human Trafficking.

1-5 Human Trafficking Facts

1. There is a group which offers free cover-up tattoos to victims of human trafficking, who are sometimes tattooed with large barcodes by their captors. – Source

2. Ashton Kutcher is the co-founder of Thorn; an international anti-human trafficking organization that works to address the sexual exploitation of children using software technology. – Source

3. There are over 21 million slaves around the world. Although human trafficking is seldom the focus of news companies, it remains a huge issue in developing and developed countries. – Source

4. Women are the majority of human traffickers in almost a third of the 155 nations the U.N. surveyed. They accounted for more than 60% of the human trafficking convictions in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. – Source

5. Human Trafficking is the 3rd largest source of income for organized crime and is the fastest growing form of international crime. – Source

6-10 Human Trafficking Facts

6. The average cost of a human trafficking victim is USD $90. – Source

7. An Asian American couple was accused of murder and human trafficking in Qatar when their sick adopted daughter died. Records stated it was odd they adopted black children who weren’t “good-looking,” and those adoptive parents “should be selective so that their kids are supposed to be beautiful.” – Source

8. In 2008, among other lawsuits it was facing, US military contractor KBR was also sued for alleged human trafficking. – Source

9. After the release of “The Whistleblower”, based on the human-trafficking for international employees in Bosnia and an attempt to stop it, the UN gave lip service to stepping up prevention and then shut down effective anti-trafficking initiatives by its own gender affairs chief in Bosnia. – Source

10. The ‘A’ in “A Team” by Ed Sheeran refers to Class A drugs such as heroin, and there is an alternate version of the song featuring Mikill Pane which explicitly addresses human trafficking. – Source

11-15 Human Trafficking Facts

11. Human Trafficking was not technically made illegal until 2003 in the UK. – Source

12. Buffalo are 7.77x more expensive than children in India due to the human trafficking market. – Source

13. Japan has an internship program for Asian foreign workers to address labor shortages where they face low wages, slave-like conditions, and death. More than 60 have died in 2008 and 2009. Advocacy groups have called the internship scheme a form of human trafficking. – Source

14. Despite calls for alarm about massive increases in human trafficking during major sporting events, the evidence does not support this phenomenon. This includes poorly policed events such as the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. – Source

15. The legalization of prostitution increases human trafficking inflows. – Source

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Last Update: April 23, 2017