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There are many forms of slavery: sex trafficking, forced labor, debt
bondage, involuntary domestic servitude, forced child labor, child soldiers,
and child sex trafficking. Slavery is found in all parts of the
world. There are an estimated 1,000,000 people enslaved in the USA alone.
Slavery affects the world’s poorest. There are an
estimated 27 million slaves worldwide.
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- Each year, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked
across international borders.
- 14,500 - 17,500 people are trafficked
into the US annually.
- The average cost of a slave has fallen from $40,000
in 1809 (adjusted for today’s inflation) to around $90 today.
- Slave trade generates profits of around and an
CNN website includes facts and related articles
Since slavery is often hidden, some feel the above
numbers should be much higher.
Who is affected?
Men, women, and children are enslaved. Both immigrants and citizens can
become victims. Slavery exists in developed and underdeveloped countries.
Why this is important
Slavery is often a direct result of extreme poverty. Poverty makes people
more vulnerable to enslavement. Many choose to sell themselves or their
children into slavery because they have no other way
Increased demands for lower priced products has led to
increased use of slaves, unsafe working conditions, and exploitation of
workers. Globalization and unequal trade regulations for developing nations worsen working conditions.
Ending slavery is a major step towards ending poverty.
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