Why Human Trafficking?


The World:

Human trafficking is the fastest growing black market crime in the world.  It is second only to drug dealing.  It is estimated that human traffickers profit 31.6 billion dollars annually.  The estimated number of men, women and children who are trafficked at any one time worldwide may reach as high as 27 million people.


The United States:

The 2013 Congressional Research Service report estimated as many as 100,000 U.S. children are victims of domestic human trafficking.  Yet, in 2012, only 138 traffickers were convicted.  It’s time to raise awareness, get involved and start making a difference in our communities.


Ohio:

According to the Ohio Attorney General’s report, over 1000 minors are trafficked in Ohio annually.  The average age for a woman to be taken into trafficking is 13-years-old,  with some being as young as 11-years-old.  If we don’t take action to protect our children, who will?


Facts:

  • Globally, the average cost to purchase another human being is $90. US dollars.
  • The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12-14-years-old.  Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children.  
  • According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. More than 70 percent are female and half are children.

Human Trafficking in the News: