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The International Labour Organization estimates that there are…

40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally.

81% of them are trapped in forced labor.

25% of them are children.

75% are women and girls.

The International Labor Organization estimates that forced labor and human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide.

The U.S. Department of Labor has identified 148 goods from 75 countries made by forced and child labor.

In 2017, an estimated 1 out of 7 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely child sex trafficking victims.

Of those, 88% were in the care of social services or foster care when they ran.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls, texts, and live chats from anywhere in the United States, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in more than 200 languages. Call 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733).

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New York

Monique

Monique was at a bus station when a man struck up a conversation – he complimented her and she told him she was running away. Next thing she knew, Monique was thrown into a car, taken to a house, raped and trafficked by a trucker. Though she was able to contact her family and returned home, she ran away again and ended up in juvenile detention. There, though, she worked with enforcement to convict her trafficker and get back on her feet.

Courtesy of Traffick911

Missouri

Katariina

First recruited while staying with her family at a hotel in Miami, Katariina fell into the hands of a woman who feigned friendship, but slowly lured her into a child prostitution ring. For years, a cycle of false friendship, threats, drugs and violence kept her trapped until she was able to get out. Katariina now has a PhD in conflict analysis and resolution, and directs There Is Hope for Me, a nonprofit organization dedicated to freeing other victims of trafficking.

Courtesy of There is Hope for Me

Nebraska

April

“I met someone who I thought I could trust to help me earn money. Slowly, his control over me became dangerous and one that I could not leave. The house that once held me was destroyed, and I could only break free because I knew I had more for my life. There are some days when I can’t get out of bed, and that the reality of this life. People need to know that even though a girl is rescued, it doesn’t mean her life becomes normal again. And here I am, ten years later, still fighting the after effects.”

Courtesy of Rejuvenating Women

Ohio

Jessica

Jessica was promised the world by a man she thought was her boyfriend when she was first recruited from a small town in Central Mexico. After convincing her to leave home, the man brought Jessica to the United States, where he soon became physically and emotionally abusive – then forced her to work in brothels seven days a week. Alone and afraid, Jessica was trapped in her situation for nearly a decade, until she was freed by a law enforcement operation.

Courtesy of Sanar Wellness Institute

Rhode Island

Nishi

Nishi was a teenager when she left India for a job as a housekeeper in the United States. As soon as she arrived, she was forced to work 16 to 18 hours a day cooking, cleaning, and caring for the family’s three young children. Paid less than $200 a month, Nishi was never allowed time off and slept on the floor. The family was abusive, sexually harassing Nishi and threatening to kill her if she spoke to anyone or disobeyed. Nishi often begged to be sent back to her home in India. One day, a family member threatened her with a gun and Nishi fled the house. With the help of a neighbor, she was able to find services to aid in her recovery.

Courtesy of Children at Risk

Long Island

Roshan

Roshan grew up in slavery in stone breaking in Northern India. Through a local nonprofit, he was able to join a self-help group, refused to work in bonded labor and became a community organizer. He went on to graduate law school and now runs a legal aid center in an area with high levels of bonded labor. He faces many risks and threats doing this work, but he is trusted by locals to take up their cases and serve as their advocate with local authorities.

Courtesy of Freedom Fund

Nebraska

James

James was the youngest of twelve children born to illiterate parents. At age six he was trafficked to Lake Volta to work in fishing. While working on the lake, he was subjected to the worst forms of child labour and had his life put at risk. After escaping at age 13, James worked through school and university. He became manager at Barclays Bank of Ghana, but left in 2007 to work full time towards his goal of freeing and educating children in Ghana. James founded anti-trafficking organisation Challenging Heights, which supports thousands of at risk and previously enslaved children.  

Courtesy of Challenging Heights

Florida

Sabine

The only member of her family to survive the genocide in Rwanda, Sabine accepted an offer to move with a wealthy family to America. Shortly after arrival, however, she was imprisoned in their home, forced to work around the clock and made to sleep on the kitchen floor. Finally, after six months of servitude, Sabine was allowed to go to church for an hour each Sunday. On one visit, she was approached by a kind Rwandan man who learned of her situation and helped her escape.

Courtesy of Polaris

Pennsylvania

Kathleen

"At 18 years old, addicted to heroin from an early age, I became a dancer. In the grip of my disease, I met a man who promised he would "take care of me" — that I would never be hungry or sick. After I lost my job, and against my better judgment, I called him. He took me to Allentown, Pennsylvania, a place I had never been. My first night there, he told me I was his property and that I had to do everything he said. Fearing for my life, when he told me I had to sleep with his friends and family, I did. I was with him for almost a year, being trafficked through strip clubs and controlled by him out of fear and my addiction. I ran from him to another man who had other women; this new man started bringing me to different states, forcing me to sell my body online. He grabbed me by my throat once because I miscounted money. Then I ran. I thought he loved me, but after getting clean, I had to revisit that part of my life, and now I know that isn’t love. He is currently serving life in prison for sex trafficking and human trafficking."

Films

Not My Life

Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, this film takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited, every day.

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Food Chains

In this exposé, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the United States.

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Sold

A girl risks everything for freedom after being trafficking from her mountain village in Nepal to a brothel in India.

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True Cost

Filmmaker Andrew Morgan travels around the globe to see the people who make clothes for the world.

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The Whistleblower

The experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a cop from Nebraska, who worked as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and exposed a U.N. sex scandal that was covered up.

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Books

Ending Slavery

In Ending Slavery, Kevin Bales grapples with the struggle to end this ancient evil and presents the ideas and insights that can lead to slavery’s extinction. Recalling his own involvement in the antislavery movement, he recounts a personal journey in search of the solution and explains how governments and citizens can build a world without slavery.

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Girls like us: Fighting for a world where girls are not for sale, an activist finds her calling and heals herself

Rachel Lloyd’s riveting survivor story is the true tale of her hard-won escape from the commercial sex industry and her bold founding of GEMS, New York City’s Girls Education and Mentoring Service, to help countless other young girls escape “the life.” Lloyd’s unflinchingly honest memoir is a powerful and unforgettable story of inhuman abuse, enduring hope, and the promise of redemption.

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Organizations making a difference

Freedom United

Freedom United is the world’s largest community dedicated to ending human trafficking and modern slavery. They equip millions of supporters with awareness, education, and ways to take action that drive real change. Working with partners, Freedom United channels the collective influence of millions of supporters to demand an end to exploitation. They influence businesses,  governments, and society to change conditions which allow slavery to thrive.

The Freedom Fund

The Freedom Fund is a new philanthropic initiative designed to bring much-needed strategic focus and financial resources to the fight against modern slavery. With an expert team and global perspective, the Freedom Fund identifies and invests in the most effective frontline efforts to end slavery in the countries and sectors where it is most prevalent.

Polaris

Polaris is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., Polaris systematically disrupts the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom. Their comprehensive model puts victims at the center of what they do – helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and leveraging data and technology to pursue traffickers wherever they operate.

Thorn

Thorn is an international anti-human trafficking organization that works to address the sexual exploitation of children. Their primary programming efforts focus on internet technology and the role it plays in facilitating child pornography and sexual slavery of children on a global scale. Thorn builds powerful products, leads new programs, maintains essential resources, and develops awareness campaigns to attack the issue of sexual exploitation of children from all sides.

Love146

Love146 is an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation through survivor care, prevention education, professional training, grassroots empowerment, and contributing a growing body of research. They serve children in the United States, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and several countries in Africa.

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