DEFINITION: The illegal trade of human beings, mainly for the purposes of forced labour and sex trafficking.
Human trafficking is the world's fastest growing criminal industry, faster even than weapons and drugs, and is now the second biggest crime worldwide.
There are more than 27 million slaves worldwide, which is more than ever before in history. Slavery is in many forms but modern day slavery is predominantly for sexual exploitation.
Every 30 seconds someone becomes a victim of human trafficking. With the promise of jobs and money for a brighter future, people are tricked into an unimaginable life of exploitation and abuse.
The average age for a trafficked victim is now 12 years old with the youngest victims being as young as 4 years old. Victims are often forced to service up to 40 men a day
Every country is affected. Over 25% of victims are trafficked from Southern and Eastern Europe. Australia is in the top 10 destination countries and our access to technology and our wealth contributes to the issue. 17,500 are trafficked annually from USA and only 33% are American citizens.
98-99% of victims ARE NEVER RESCUED.