There are an estimated 27 million adults and 13 million children around the world

who are victims of human trafficking. 

 (Trafficking In Persons report from US State Department, June 2013)

KEY FACTS

Approximately 75-80% of human trafficking is for sex.  (UN report 2009)

An estimated 30,000 victims of sex trafficking die each year from abuse, disease, torture, and neglect. Eighty percent of those sold into sexual slavery are under 24,
and some are as young as six years old.
     
(‘Millions suffer in Sex Slavery’ NewsMax. April 24, 2001)

DEMAND for human trafficking is fuelled by…

 

  1. BUYERS who seek sexual services, cheap labour or organs-for-sale, creating a demand for a supply.

 

  1. EXPLOITERS who create demand through promoting, advertising sexual or labour services and pimps who operate in a culture that tolerates or promotes exploitation through pornography, legalised prostitution, internet sites, massage parlours.

 

  1.  BUSINESSES run by international criminal gangs, making huge profits from the sales of persons. Part of the ‘success’ of this business is that it is hidden.

DEMAND IS KEY
The main goal of human trafficking is PROFIT. One reason why human trafficking is so prevalent is because the sex industry is one of the most lucrative businesses in the world.


From what used to be a US12 billion/year industry, it is now a US32billion/year venture in a short time

(IOM, 2009)

Human trafficking thrives within a culture of secrecy, invisibility and lies. It is a crime that often goes unreported due to its covert nature.

Ludwig “Tarzan” Fainberg, a convicted trafficker, said, “You can buy a woman for $10,000 and make your money back in a week if she is pretty and young. Then everything else is profit.”

(E. Benjamin Skinner. A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery. New York, NY: Free Press.2008)