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#8 25 Million People are Trafficked Worldwide

Updated: Sep 26, 2023

About this issue:

Not enough people are concerned about Human Trafficking. I don’t know if it seems like a far-fetched reality to most or if just isn’t profound enough – but not enough people are concerned about human trafficking.

Human Trafficking by definition, is the unlawful act of transporting or coercing people in order to benefit from their work or service, typically in the form of forced labor or sexual exploitation. So, let’s talk some facts, no hyperbole, no exaggeration, just straight scary fucking facts:

  • According to the International Labour Organization, the US Department of State, and the Polaris Project 24.9 million people are victims of trafficking.

  • According to the US National Human Trafficking Hoteline Report, there were 10,583 trafficking situations identified and 16,658 trafficking victims identified. A single human trafficking situation may involve a single potential victim or many potential victims.

We have got to wake up. So I urge you to keep scrolling to see what organizations you can help to fight against human trafficking and to learn more about this global issue through films and books.

All love,


Nonprofits Leading the Fight Against Trafficking

  1. Polaris Project

  2. THORN

  3. Annie Cannons

  4. The Code

  5. Unseen

  6. Liberty Asia

  7. Hagar

  8. Destiny Rescue

  9. Saving Innocence

20 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking:

Books that Uncover the Facts about Trafficking

  1. ​No One is Coming to Save Us: A Novel by Stephanie Powell Watts

  2. Slaves Among Us: The Hidden World of Human Trafficking by Monique Villa

  3. Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade and How We Can Fight it by David Batstone

  4. Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd

  5. The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today by Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter

  6. Human Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight by Stephanie Hepburn and Rita Simon

  7. Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy by Kevin Bales

  8. Sold by Patricia McCormick

  9. Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery by Siddharth Kara

Films that Show us the Horrors of this Global Issue

  1. I Am All Girls (Netflix)

  2. Taken (Amazon)

  3. Traffik (Tubi)

  4. Priceless (2019)

  5. White Elephant (Amazon)

  6. Tricked (2013)

  7. The Storm Makers (2014)

  8. The Whistleblower (2010)

  9. Sex Trafficking in America (2019)

  10. I am Jane Doe (2017)

  11. The Jammed (2007)

  12. Trafficked (2017)

  13. Sold (2014)

  14. Eden (2012)

  15. Girl Up (2019)

Global Conflicts and Their Effect on Trafficking

Human Trafficking is a $150 Billion Industry

While only 19% of victims are trafficked for sex, sexual exploitation earns 66% of the global profits of human trafficking. The average annual profits generated by each woman in forced sexual servitude ($100,000) is estimated to be six times more than the average profits generated by each trafficking victim worldwide ($21,800), according to the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE).

Polaris serves as a data hub for the anti-human trafficking field, providing key data to hundreds of researchers, academics, law enforcement officers and others seeking to deepen knowledge and understanding. Polaris’s data set, gleaned from the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline, also served as the underlying basis for a report on human trafficking of domestic workers – a significant percentage of labor trafficking survivors in the data set, as well as for the annual release of carefully analyzed data from the Hotline that reveals number of likely reported cases of trafficking each year.

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