Human trafficking still happens today, as much as we’d like to believe it doesn’t, and as long as there is a demand for it, there will be a supply, even if the law prohibits it. Some of the individuals being bought and sold are used as slaves, some of them are used for sex, and most are only allowed freedom for a payment. This means they are put into insufferable debt that essentially makes them slaves since they it’s virtually impossible to pay it back.Human trafficking needs to be stopped and it’s disheartening that we still have to deal with it in this day and age. One would hope that we would have been able to put a stop to this horrible illegal practice by this point in time but it’s still common. To paint a picture of just how horrifying it is would be impossible but below are a few facts that might help you to realize just how bad it is.
1. The cost for a slave, on average, is only $90
The cost for a slave does vary depending on the country; some places have higher demand for slaves than others but if you were to add up the prices globally, take into account inflation, deflation and the differences in currency, the average price would only be $90; less than a hundred for a human life.
2. What comes next isn’t any easier
Being taken away from your home is hard enough, but then the individual is going to face many more challenges. The lucky ones just have to do manual labor. The others are beaten, sold to others, used as drug mules, or forced into prostitution or the porn industry. Many are allowed luxuries for a high price and end up living the rest of their life with unbearable debt.
3. Its not just a foreign issue
In the United States also has a high number of people being trafficked each year. Dallas and California (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco) in particular have high numbers of human trafficking incidents. Efforts have been made to crack down on the issue but the number stays high with each passing year.
4. The numbers are high, over a million each year.
Approximately 12.3 million people are trafficked globally and the majority of victims are children, with children and females being the most common victims. Something needs to be done to combat the situation but thus so far the problem persists, with only 1 person (on average) being convicted for every 800 trafficking cases internationally.
5. Children exploited through prostitution have reported that they were usually forced by their trafficker to service 10 to 15 buyers a night.
A conservative estimate during the time of their victimization would be around 6000 buyers; terrifying numbers.