While Women At Risk, Int’l address a variety of risk issues including poverty, inequality, violence, and more, we are most known for our persistent fight against human trafficking. This hidden evil is not unique to one country or one culture but exists across the globe, exploiting men, women, and children.
What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery. It is defined as the “recruiting, harboring, transportation, providing, or obtaining of a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through force, fraud, or coercion” (U.S. Department of State).
- Over 20 million victims worldwide (Polaris Project)
- Total market value of over 32 billion US dollars (UN)
- Over 1.2 million children trafficked each year (UNICEF)
- Affects at least 161 countries worldwide (Polaris Project)
- Between 100,000 and 300,000 underage girls are sold for sex in the U.S. every year (US State Department)
- Girls are sold for $400 an hour (Shared Hope, Int’l)
- Reported trafficking cases in all 50 States (US State Department)
- 1 out of 5 pornographic images is of a child (US Department of Justice)
Trafficking in the News
- Annual Trafficking in Persons Report
- Human Trafficking Overview
- UN Global Initiative
- Center for Missing & Exploited Children
- International Justice Mission
- Sold by: Tricia McCormick
- The Slave Across the Street by: Theresa Flores
- Not for Sale by: David Batstone link directs to amazon.com, not our store site
- Disposable People by: Kevin Bales link directs to amazon.com, not our store site
- Nefarious: Merchant of Souls
- Not My Life
- Half The Sky