Trafficking and slavery still exist today
Slavery is illegal almost everywhere. But millions of men, women and children are trapped in modern-day slavery around the world. In India, entire families are enslaved in labor trafficking in brick kilns, rice mills, and garment factories working up to 20 hours a day. In the Dominican Republic, women and children are lured into sex trafficking with promises of school or a good-paying job. In the Philippines, children as young as two are sexually abused live for anyone in the world to watch through online sexual exploitation of children.
There are an estimated 50 million people held in slavery today.
An estimated 90% of labor trafficking takes place in the private economy—homes, business and supply chains.
Human trafficking generates about $150 billion a year—with two-thirds coming from commercial sexual exploitation.
Forms of Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery
Vulnerable people are forced to work for little to no pay, through deception, threat or violence.
Someone deceives and sexually exploits another person for a profit. Sex trafficking includes exploitation in brothels, homes and on the internet.
Online Sexual Exploitation of Children
Children are sexually abused by traffickers who spread videos, photos or livestream the abuse for sex offenders to direct from anywhere in the world.
Our Community Protection Model
We don’t stop at rescuing and restoring people who have been abused. Our goal is to prevent the violence from happening in the first place.
That’s why IJM and our partners collaborate with local authorities to serve individual survivors of violence, pursue sustainable improvements in the justice system and build communities where all people can expect to be safe and protected.
Where we work to end trafficking and slavery
A young boy rescued from slavery in Ghana
Foli* was a young boy forced to work 19-hour days casting and untangling nets to produce fish in Lake Volta’s massive fishing industry. For these young children, the only way out of slavery is to drown or be rescued. Foli prayed to God for safety and a chance to escape. After local police found him and brought him to safety, he was able to go to school and play soccer again. Today, there are still thousands of other children like him waiting for rescue.
International Justice Mission commends the confirmation of Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
IJM welcomes Senate passage of the International Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2022
Human Trafficker Sentenced to Five Years Imprisonment, Ordered to Pay 20,000 Cedi Compensation to Victim
Slavery and Trafficking Resources
We are seeing evidence that IJM’s model works—that enforcing the law deters criminals and protects people from violence. Here’s proof: