There are an estimated 27 million people in modern day slavery around the world.
Between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year. Approximately 80% are women and girls. Up to 50% are minors.
Around 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked into the US from overseas and enslaved every year.
About the same number are murdered in the US every year, but while the national success rate for solving murders is about 70% (11,000), in 2006 only 111 were charged and only 98 were convicted, which is less than 1% of all human trafficking cases nationwide.
An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked every year.
[All info taken from the US State Department's Trafficking in Persons Report, apart from the last entry, which was from UNICEF UK Child Trafficking Information Sheet, January 2003.]
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