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Human Trafficking: Did You Know?

Infographics: Gender Based Violence | Human Trafficking

An estimated

21 million people

are currently victims of human trafficking worldwide.

However, since human trafficking is a low-profile and frequently undetected crime, many victims are likely not accounted for in the estimated victim population.

People of all genders, ages, religions, sexual orientations, physical appearances, mental abilities, and/or financial statuses can become victims of human trafficking.

Human Trafficking is an estimated $150 Billion USD industry.

Worldwide, the average price for a slave is 90 dollars. This means that one Macbook Pro is the equivalent cost of 20 human beings.


Human trafficking happens all over the world, including in the United States. It is a nearly-invisible crime that occurs in cities, suburbs, and rural areas right in front of our eyes.

Human trafficking includes multiple forms of exploitation, such as:

An estimated

21 million people

are currently victims of human trafficking worldwide.

Women and girls make up 96% of sex trafficking victims but men and boys can also be the victims of sex trafficking.

Sex trafficking features a vicious cycle of exploitation

The victims of sex trafficking commonly face physical and mental abuse from both their pimps and their consumers.

Traffickers commonly find their victims at clubs, bars, schools, and on social media. People that are homeless or have run away from home are also frequently forced into sex trafficking.

Victims strugglewith many more issues beyond their slavery, such as substance abuse, physical and mental abuse, pregnancy, STDs, and even death.

The income produced by the buying and selling of humans for labor makes up about 43 billion dollars of the global income of human trafficking. That is about 29% of the estimated total.

Slave labor often occurs at some point during the production process of many popular tech, food, and clothing products.

Migrant and indigenous people are some of the most susceptible to being forced into labor.

For most major companies, raising the payment of their forced workers to an appropriate amount would only increase the company’s total expenses by… 2%

Domestic slavery is an 8 billion-dollar industry with an estimated 52.6 million victims

Men, women, and children can all be victims of domestic slavery with women and girls making up a large majority

The victims of domestic labor do not have employment contracts and are thus voided of any legal rights they would have as employees. These denied rights include healthcare, maternity leave, and holidays. Some victims receive food and shelter as payment for their services. In many cases, the the food given to the victims is unhealthy and the space uninhabitable.

It is common for victims not to have any documentation of citizenship, which gives their employers further opportunity to prevent them from receiving said documentation, to threaten them with deportation, and to forbid them from seeing their family.

Victims of domestic slavery work in the privacy of residential homes, making their visibility to the public very limited. In some cases, domestic slaves live inside the homes they work in and are forbidden to leave.

Due to the private nature of this crime, victims suffer large amounts of physical and mental abuse from their employers without the intervention of the public or authorities. Domestic slaves are frequently isolated with no other victims living in the house with them.

Children make up a large part of all victims worldwide in sex trafficking, forced labor, and domestic services.

In many countries, the labor of children is preferred because they are less likely to ask for higher pay and are easier to manipulate than adults.

Education for these exploited children is either terminated or not considered an option, as their families’ needs for money are more pressing.


The victims of child labor are often found doing highly dangerous jobs, such as being child soldiers. In some countries, children are taken to serve in wars against their will.

There are an estimated 130,000 people currently waiting for organ transplants.

Organs are commonly harvested from people in poor communities in other countries and then traded to the rich in the United States.

Organ harvesters obtain organs in various ways. They occasionally offer money to the victim for an organ, but then often pay the victim less than the amount agreed upon, or remove more organs than agreed upon.

On average, victims will sell a kidney for $5,000 USD to a middleman, who will then turn around and sell that kidney for around $150,000 USD.

Many homeless people find themselves victims of organ harvesting. This covert crime also finds victims in prisons and unknowing hospital patients. In some cases, doctors illegally harvest the organs of their patients without their knowledge.

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