11 Facts About Modern Day Slavery

October 20, 2014 Mariah Long Opinion 
Forced Labor, Sex Trafficking, Bonded Labor, Child Labor, Awareness


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It’s not just sex

Forced Labor is much more rampant than sex trafficking. In fact, 65% of the world’s slaves are in a forced labor situation. [1]

Watch what you eat

90% of companies shipping shrimp to the U.S. use some type of bonded or forced labor to produce it. [2]

Kids killing other kids

There are up to 200,000 children who are forced to be soldiers in the world today.[3]

They’re criminals, so that’s un-taxed money

Traffickers make $150 billion in profits a year. [4]

That was only 33 years ago

Chattel slavery didn’t end until 1981. Mauritania was the last country to outlaw it. [5]

Not always a stranger

According to the UN 46% of victims worldwide know their trafficker. [6]

Slaves have even less value today

The average cost of a slave today is $90. Compare that to 1809 when average the price was $40,000. [7]

It’s not just girls

400,000 men and boys are being sexually exploited globally.[8]

Governments do it too

10% of those in forced labor are in state-imposed forms of forced labor (prisons or work imposed by the state military or armed forces). [9]

14 million

Almost half of the world’s slaves are found in India.[10]

What about you?

While looking up these facts, I found out that 35 slaves work for me. How many work for you? http://slaveryfootprint.org/



Topics: Forced Labor, Sex Trafficking, Bonded Labor, Child Labor, Awareness

About the Author

Mariah Long

Mariah was previously the Program Manager of End Slavery Now. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati's DAAP program with a degree in Digital Design.