An estimated 30 million people worldwide are caught in some form of slavery.
Human trafficking includes sex trafficking, labor trafficking, domestic servitude, child soldiers and organ trafficking. The revenue generated by human trafficking each year worldwide is 32 billion dollars.
Between 100,000-300,000 children within the United States are sexually exploited each year. 14 years of age is the average age of entry into prostitution within the United States. Between 14,500-17,500 victims are trafficked into the United States each year. For less than 100 dollars a girl can be sold into a brothel, and girls as young as 5 years old are being sold into slavery.
Seattle currently ranks as the third highest human trafficking city in the country for this type of activity. Between 300-500 people are being used in some form of slavery within King County alone on any given day.
In Washington State, people are trafficked up and down the I-5 corridor at rest areas, truck stops and hotels. Washington is also a close border of Canada and the state of Oregon. People are trafficked across border lines on either side. People are also trafficked in local malls, movie theaters, bus stops, schools, churches, public venues, sporting events, major hotels and apartments.
They’re trafficked over online sources such as Craigslist, Backpage, Review Board, Eros, My Red Book and others. A lot of work is being done to combat this issue and to help survivors. Groups and individuals are raising more awareness about the issue. Law enforcement, social services organizations, first responders and others who work with children and families are being trained too. More laws are being passed and enforced, and more people are working together than ever before to help those who need it most.
We are currently working to help a single mother and her daughter, who was trafficked at the age of 16, to get back on their feet. She was convinced to leave her home by someone posing as a new online friend and then abandoned in the middle of nowhere where the “pimp” convinced her to come to the home where the girls were being sold.
From there she was mentally and physically abused – brainwashed to stay. Thankfully she was recovered 11 days later by an FBI operation, but unfortunately not prior to being raped and abused. But in this incredible story, her mother (working alongside law enforcement) was the reason they found her just one day before she would have been sold into modern–day slavery and shipped to California to the man who bought her.
The family is still struggling badly. It’s been about two years. The daughter still suffers from PTSD relapses and hasn’t been able to talk about the awful things that happened to her. We need YOUR help to combat the unjust and cruel act of treating human beings as property to be sold and help this family. Will you help us?