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Terribly Relevant & Increasingly Dangerous: Human Trafficking

Human trafficking affects over 20 million people worldwide. But regardless of that overwhelming statistic, college aged students, like myself, are generally not educated or aware of how dangerous it really is.

I became aware of the risks of human trafficking first hand. I was lucky enough to make it out of a trafficking situation unscathed, but many people are not as lucky. This blog is meant to be a place where college aged people can learn about the risks, understand the scope, and support past, current, and future victims of human trafficking and modern slavery.

To fully understand the risks of human trafficking, it is necessary to understand what human trafficking is.

What is human trafficking?

Recruiting, harboring, moving or obtaining humans by force, fraud, coercion or deceit, for the purpose of involuntary servitude, debt bondage, slavery or commercial sex acts

International Labour Office

Why should you care about human trafficking?

The International Labour Office estimated that in 2016, 40 million people were the victims of human trafficking or modern slavery. Over three quarters of that estimate are presumably women. The estimates show that for every 1,000 people, 5.9 of them are victims to modern slavery. The human trafficking business is so much larger and so much more dangerous than people may think.

  • An estimated 24.9 million victims are trapped in modern-day slavery. Of these, 16 million (64%) were exploited for labor, 4.8 million (19%) were sexually exploited.

  • Human trafficking earns profits of roughly $150 billion a year for traffickers. $99 billion from sexual exploitation, and $51 billion from labor.

  • Only an estimated 1.9% of human traffickers are ever prosecuted

Follow this blog for information about human trafficking, tips to avoid human trafficking, and how to help trafficking victims.


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Brooke Ruhl

University of Nevada Reno

2020 by Brooke Ruhl.