1. In 1850, an average slave in the American South cost the equivalent of $40,000 in today's money. Today, a slave costs about $90 on average worldwide.
2. At any given time in 2016, an estimated 40.3 million people are in modern salvery, including 24.9 in forced labor and 15.4 million in forced marriage.
3. In 2016, an estimated 1 out of 6 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely child sex-trafficking victims.
4. Worldwide, almost 20% of all trafficking victims are children. However, in some parts of Africa and the Mekong region, children are the majority (up to 100% in parts of West Africa).
5. Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry behind drug trafficking and weapons trafficking. The International Labor Organization estimates that forced labor and human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide.
1) "Human Trafficking: The Facts". Polaris. polarisproject.org.
2) "Trafficking in Persons Report 2017". United States Department of State. state.gov.
3) "Forced Labor, Modern Slavery, and Human Trafficking". International Labour Organization. ilo.org.
4) "Global Report on Trafficking in Persons". United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. unodc.org.