Human Trafficking Is Not A Thriller Story But A Harsh Reality. The Statistics Prove The Problem Is Real
November 9, 2018 16:14 By Fabiosa
A hundred years ago, human trafficking was a serious issue. Many innocent people were enslaved, sold, and even killed because of this global problem. Could you imagine that nowadays human trafficking is still relevant and even more so, it is horrifyingly real? Thousands of people become victims of trafficking and lose their lives once and for all.
The statistics are merciless and prove that this issue needs to be addressed as soon as possible. In this article, we are taking a closer look at some significant numbers in the human trafficking department. When you don’t see how big the problem is, often times, you cannot even acknowledge its existence. Let’s change it.
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Human trafficking statistics 2018
Human trafficking is basically a process of enslavement and involves recruitment, transportation, harboring of people by using threats, force, or other coercive methods. Two of the most common reasons for human trafficking are sex and labor exploitation. And though many people think that trafficking means transporting the victim across the border, most often it doesn’t happen like this and the victim stay inside the country. According to recent studies, nearly 21 million people are the victims of this injustice across the globe.
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Worldwide human trafficking statistics:
- 51% of all victims of human trafficking are women aged 18 or older. Though the proportion of men being trafficked has significantly increased over the last 10 years – from 13% to 21%.
- Around 85% of all the victims are trafficked for labor exploitation, nearly 7% for sexual exploitation and just 1% for organ removal. Women and girls are 72% more likely to be trafficked for sexual exploitation than men.
- 28% of all human trafficking victims are children (around 20% of girls and 8% of boys).
- 63% of all convicted of human trafficking are male, and 37% are female.
- Around 43% of all documented cases were domestic, meaning the victim was trafficked with the national borders.
- India, Libya and Myanmar are considered the most dangerous countries especially for women in terms of human trafficking.
National human trafficking facts and statistics:
- More than 10,000 people become victims of human trafficking in the US each year.
- Women are approximately seven times more likely to experience human trafficking than men.
- The average age of the victims is around 15-17 years for sexual exploitation and around 20 for labor exploitation.
- It was estimated that Hispanic and Asian people are more likely to become victims of human trafficking.
- A marriage proposal is by far the most common type of recruitment tactics for sex slavery, whereas for the labor exploitation, the perpetrators most often just promise a good job.
- During Super Bowls and some other large events, there is a spike in sex trafficking, which is around 5 to 20 percent.
- California (1,305), Texas (792), and Florida (604) had the most cases of human trafficking registered last year.
- According to the national human trafficking statistics, Atlanta’s underground sex economy is the biggest with the yearly profit of around $250 million.
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The statistics show that anyone can fall victim to human trafficking. It doesn’t matter what race you are and how much money you have. Although women and girls are significantly more likely to be trafficked, men can also become victims of such horrible injustice. Most of the survivors were able to escape from slavery by contacting the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. More than 20,000 calls are made, and more than 8,000 human trafficking cases are reported each year in the USA. If you suspect any case of human trafficking, you too can contact the services. Or if you believe the situation requires immediate actions to be taken call 9-1-1. Human trafficking is a real problem, and we need to be aware of it.