Red Light on Human Trafficking

Information on Human Slavery and Human Trafficking

Facts

Approximately 80% of human trafficking is for sex.

There are more human slaves in the world today than there ever have been before.

9 out of 10 escapees from North Korea to China become victims of human trafficking and if they complain, they are put in gulags or executed.

About 30,000 victims of human trafficking die each year from abuse, disease, torture, and neglect.

In the Netherlands in 2003, it was estimated that a single sex slave earned her owner about $250,000 per year.

The Taliban buys children as young as 7 years old to act as suicide bombers.

Over 70% of trafficked children show suicidal tendencies.

Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" music video is about human trafficking

Obama announces new plan to fight human trafficking

The Polaris Project

The Polaris Project is one of many organizations with a goal of ending human slavery. It is named after the star "Polaris" that guided the slaves to freedom along the underground railroad. One of the main things The Polaris Project does to help fight human trafficking is that they push for stronger federal and state laws against human trafficking. They also operate the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline, conduct training, and provide vital services to victims.

What You Can Do

If you witness human trafficking or are a victim you can call the polaris project for assistance or information at 1-888-373-7888.

You can sign a petition to help create more safe harbor laws which help children and other victims of human trafficking.

You can volunteer at a local human trafficking agency or for the polaris project if you live in Newark, NJ or Washington, DC.

You can sign up for Grassroots Network to receive regular updates and action alerts about human trafficking.

You can raise funds to help your local human trafficking agency or donate to the polaris project here.