The International Labour Organization points that human trafficking is a growing menace, with an estimated 40.3 million people enslaved worldwide. Over the years, these human traffickers have raked in $150 billion as profits from forced employment in domestic, agricultural, industrial and prostitution.
The US State Department estimates that as many as 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year with about half of those being children. These individuals, about 80 percent female, are forced into prostitution or other involuntary servitude.
As many as 17,500 people are trafficked into the US each year, with California and Texas serving as hotbeds of activity. Industrialized countries account for nearly half of the illegal money made each year through human trafficking. Human Trafficking is not just the problem of one industrialised country, but one that is prevalent world-wide.
Government organizations, law enforcement agencies, healthcare providers and private companies around the world continue to fight this scourge. Despite these efforts, though, human trafficking has remained the third-largest criminal industry in the world, trailing only illegal drugs and arms trafficking.
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