Human trafficking, otherwise known as modern slavery, involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act against the will of the person trafficked. Traffickers may use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into being trafficked. Trafficking victims include men, women, and children of all ages, races, and nationalities¹.

Today, there are approximately 45.8 million people caught in the trap of modern slavery around the world. This includes 10 million children, 15.4 million people in forced marriage, and 4.8 million people in forced sexual exploitation. However, it is difficult to determine exact statistics because so many cases of human trafficking go undetected and unreported².



Young boy in Vietnam looking over a bridge where those vulnerable to human trafficking sleep

Who is affected?

People who are vulnerable to trafficking include those experiencing economic hardship, lack of social safety net, natural disasters, or political instability. Women and children are disproportionally affected by human trafficking, making up as much as 71 percent of all trafficking victims, including 99 percent of all sexual exploitation. 

Human trafficking is extremely lucrative, earning traffickers approximately $150 billion per year². Ending this human tragedy will require a multi-faceted approach that addresses the economic, social, cultural, and legal realities that contribute to the problem around the globe.˜

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While it is easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless in the face of such a pervasive evil, many organizations, such as Not For Sale, are mobilizing around the world to combat human trafficking. Not For Sale is engaging new models of support for trafficking victims, creating businesses that provide fair wage jobs for vulnerable populations and which funnel revenues back into anti-trafficking efforts. Not For Sale has supported survivors and at-risk individuals from the United States, Peru, The Netherlands, Romania, Thailand, Rwanda, Vietnam, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, South Africa and Mozambique.

What can I do?

There are steps that all of us can take towards ending modern slavery. Begin by educating yourself and spreading awareness of the issue. Buy goods that are made with fair labor standards. Make your voice heard in policy by calling your local representative to advocate for anti-trafficking legislation. Donate to an organization fighting human trafficking, and keep an eye out for suspicious signs of slavery around you.

Not For Sale believes in a future where no one falls victim to human trafficking. Search the rest of the Not For Sale website to learn more about Not For Sale’s efforts around the globe, and to find stories of hope and healing for victims of human trafficking.