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Statistics Of Human Trafficking: The Meaning

Statistics diminish the humanity they are meant to define. At the core of the statistics of human trafficking is a person who experienced an event, milestone, or tragedy. They are your sons, daughters, neighbors, and friends.

Statistics Of Human TraffickingThe Bleak Statistics Of Human Trafficking Are Scary And Real

Every year traffickers steal children as young as 5 years old and sell them into forced sex or labor situations. This problem isn’t exclusive to other countries. It happens here, in the United States, every day. Victims can come from any walk of life. Traffickers will prey on vulnerable children from runaways, troubled teens, to a child left alone that can be easily abducted. Traffickers are experts at their jobs – often appearing like normal people in your community waiting for the right opportunity to steal your child.

• Every year 300,000 children are taken worldwide and sold by human traffickers as slaves

• 17,000 of those children are taken in the United States. That is 46 children per day in the United States

What do those numbers mean, though?

Taken as an average across the nation, it might not seem so bad, but it is all about perspective. Forty-six beans or forty-six dollars, it doesn’t seem like a lot, but the “statistics” represent lives lost.

The average class in the US is 21.2 children for public elementary schools. This means that every day two classes of elementary children disappear every day in the US. In the heartland of America, there may be only one elementary school in a town. The entire school population will be sold on the human trafficking market in the span of a week.

One would think at this rate of disappearance there would be more of an outcry. More people speaking out and demanding we do something. Unfortunately, that is not what is happening. Despite countless news stories daily most people still feel that child trafficking could not happen in their neighborhood.

And then there are those who want to debate the statistics. Those who only see the numbers not the lives and families attached to the numbers. “Is it really 17,000 kids per year? Are the statistics accurate about the 46 kids a day?” When we hear these debates about the statistics of human trafficking we ask, if it was your daughter or son would the numbers really make a difference? We feel one child taken is one too many.

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