Human Trafficking Destroys Lives
Human trafficking targets vulnerable people, including children, primarily for labor and sexual exploitation. A gross violation of basic human rights and laws, it destroys lives and tears families apart.
As many as 800,000 people are trafficked every year, according to U.S. State Department figures. The Trafficking in Persons Report 2010 estimates that 12.3 million people remain in forced labor, bonded labor, and forced prostitution. Other estimates suggest the number of people enslaved around the world could be more than double that. Approximately 1 million children enter the commercial sex trade every year. Criminals are estimated to reap over US$30 billion in illicit gains each year by trafficking people.
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