“There are two fundamentally opposed means whereby man, requiring sustenance, is impelled to obtain the necessary means for satisfying his desires. These are work and robbery, one’s own labor and the forcible appropriation of the labor of others. Robbery!” Franz Oppenheimer, 1922
There are 27 million slaves today, more than any time in history. Human Trafficking is now ranked as the second largest criminal industry word wide – second only to drug smuggling, and tying with illegal weapons transactions.
According to sources sited on the Amazing Change anti-slavery website:
27 Million: Number of people in modern-day slavery across the world.
800,000: Number of persons trafficked across international borders each year.
17,500: Number of foreign nationals who are trafficked into the U.S. every year.
91: Number of cities in the United States with reported cases of trafficking.
50: Percent of all victims are children.
$50 Million: US Government budget for efforts against human trafficking.
$19 Billion: US Government budget for efforts against drug trafficking.
20 Million: Number of bonded laborers in the world
218 Million: Estimated number of children working aged between five and seventeen.
126 Million: Estimated number of children who work in the worst forms of child labor – one in every twelve of the world’s five to seventeen year olds.
300,000: Estimated number of child soldiers involved in over 30 areas of conflict worldwide, some younger than 10 years old.
“As unimaginable as it seems, slavery and bondage still persist in the early 21st century. Millions of people around the world still suffer in silence in slave-like situations of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation from which they cannot free themselves. Trafficking in persons is one of the greatest human rights challenges of our time.” – U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons Report, June 2003
Article by Chuck Norris – on abolishing modern slavery
Free at Last – a true story of freedom from modern slavery
What can I do?
Educate – pdf educational resource
Contemporary Slavery Institute – at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center