It is estimated that there are 40.3 million victims of modern-day slavery globally (ILO). Labor and sex trafficking cases have been reported in every U.S. state and in over 148 countries around the globe. There are 5.4 victims of modern-day slavery for every 1,000 people in the world. This number is far too big. It needs to be zero.
These individuals range in gender and age, but children account for 1 in 4 victims of modern-day slavery (ILO). Offenders target children as the most vulnerable and powerless victims. As our world becomes increasingly digital, trafficking and exploitation have taken on new forms, with millions of strangers on our children’s digital doorstep. Traffickers and child predators use online enticement to coerce children into exploitative situations. As of now, the internet is the top recruiting location for all forms of trafficking in the U.S. (Polaris). More than ever before, it’s happening everywhere.