Human trafficking and modern slavery are happening in every corner of the globe.
According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) latest report on forced labour:
An estimated 40.3 million victims are trapped in modern-day slavery.
* 24.9 million were exploited for labour.
* 15.4 million were in forced marriage.
There are 5.4 victims of modern slavery for every 1,000 people in the world.
30.2 million victims (75%) are aged 18 or older, with the number of children under the age of 18 estimated at 10.1 million (25%).
* 37% victims of trafficking in forced marriage were children.
* 21% victims of sexual exploitation were children.
Trafficking in persons, and in particular of children, continues to be a high profit–low risk crime, based upon the principles of supply and demand. Globally, about one third of the overall detected victims of trafficking are children.
Child trafficking emerges from communities in extreme poverty. Trafficking of children, however, disproportionally affects low-income countries, where it is linked to the broader phenomenon of child labour.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, children have been trafficked to work on plantations, in mines and quarries, on farms, as vendors in markets and on the streets. In South Asia, children as young as 12 have been trafficked to work in brick kilns, hotels, the garment industry and in agricul- ture.
Child trafficking for forced labour has also been re- ported on South American plantations. Project Rescue Children sees trafficking in all countries we operate in.
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