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“HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS THE FASTEST GROWING CRIMINAL INDUSTRY IN THE WORLD.” – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
An estimated 21 million victims are trapped in modern-day slavery. Human trafficking earns profits of roughly $150 billion a year for traffickers, according to the International Labor Organization.
The sex trade is a lucrative business, the supply of girls is constant, the costs of operations are low, and interference from law enforcement is weak to non-existent.
While only 22% of trafficking victims are trafficked for sex, sexual exploitation earns 66% of the global profits of human trafficking. The average annual profits generated by each woman in forced sexual servitude ($100,000) is estimated to be six times more than the average profits generated by each trafficking victim worldwide ( $21,800), according to the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe.
(Historical narrative coming soon)