Human Trafficking Worldwide
Around the world today, it is estimated that 27 million people are enslaved. That is more than the total number of slaves transported during the four centuries of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Some estimate that about half of all trafficking victims are children.
Human Trafficking Defined
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. As defined under U.S. federal law, victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults 18 years or older who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of "labor or services," such as domestic workers held in a home or farm-workers forced to labor against their will. The factors that each of these situations has in common are elements of force, fraud, or coercion that are used to control people. Numerous people in the field have summed up the concept of human trafficking as "compelled service."
Every year, human traffickers generate billions of dollars in profits by victimizing millions of people around the world, and here in the United States. Human trafficking is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world.
The average age of a child trafficked victim internationally is 4 years old. Nationally 12 years old and in Florida it is 9 years old. The average age of an adult victim is between 18 and 24 years of age. About 95% of victims experienced physical or sexual violence during trafficking. Around 43% of victims are used for forced commercial sexual exploitation, 98 % of whom are women and girls. About 32% of victims are used for forced economic exploitation; 56 % are women and girls.
The estimated global annual profits made from the exploitation of all trafficked victims is $31.6 billion. Chances of rescue are 1 in 100.
Drugs and arms used to be the most trafficked commodity, but now humans are trafficked more. After all, you can only sell drugs and arms once, but you can sell a human over and over again. A victim can see as many as 50 customers a day.
Florida and California are in the fight for being the state ranking highest for having the most trafficked victims. International Drive in Orlando, Florida is now the number one hot spot.
The life expectancy of a victim is 2-4 years. They often die of drug overdose, which is forced by trafficker. If not, they are often beaten to death and/or die of starvation and disease like HIV or other STDs.