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Human Trafficking – January 11 a Day to pray and to act for an end of this slavery

Sr. Rose Mary Sullivan

Human Trafficking – January 11 a Day to pray and to act for an end of this slavery: The United Nation's International Labor Organization's 2012 Estimate on Forced Labor provides some shocking statistics on the prevalence of human trafficking worldwide:

Of the estimated 20 million victims of trafficking and human slavery worldwide, 9.1 million victims (44 percent) have been trafficked internally or internationally.

11.8 million are subjected to forms of modern slavery in their place of origin or residence within their own national borders.

Nearly 1.5 million victims are currently laboring in conditions of forced labor, sexual exploitation and servitude in the United States, Canada and developed countries of the EU.

Fifty five percent of forced labor victims are women and girls, as are 98 percent of sex trafficking victims.

Children aged 17 years and below represent 26 percent of total victims, representing a total of 5.5 million child victims worldwide.

In May 2014, the International Labor Organization (ILO) found that forced labor in the global private economy generates illegal profits of $150 billion a year. Additionally, the ILO found that almost two thirds of the total profits, approximately $99 billion came from commercial sexual exploitation; and roughly $50 billion was derived from forced economic labor, such as domestic work, construction and mining.

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