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Human Trafficking Statistics

The Problem

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Sex trafficking is a crime against humanity. It involves the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting or obtaining a person for a commercial sex act through use of force, fraud, or coercion.

Worldwide, there are an estimated 4.5 million victims of sexual slavery. Ninety-eight percent of all victims are female.

Human trafficking ranks as the second highest criminal enterprise behind drug trafficking.

The U.S. State Department reported in 2011 that as many as 2 million children are trapped in the global sex trade.

Annually, there are an estimated 300,000 children at risk of commercial exploitation around the world.

In the United States the average age of entry into commercial exploitation is 13 to 14 years old.

Solutions

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Adoption is one of the best ways to prevent children from becoming prey to human trafficking.

Encourage and support other families that are adopting.

Consider rescuing a child through adoption or becoming a foster parent.

Volunteer at a local orphanage to visit with the children and help the staff.

Explore the problem deeper by going on a vision trip to another country.

Pray for the Lord’s vision and plan to help children in need.

Sources:  Exodus Cry, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, International Labor Organization, U.S. State Dept. – Trafficking in Persons Report 2011, Richard Estes and Neil Weiner for University of Pennsylvania, 2001 Sara Ann Friedman for ECPAT-USA, “Who is There to Help Us?”, 2005.

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