As of 2020, reports indicate that modern-day slavery is one of the fastest growing criminal industries globally, with an estimated 40.3 million victims held captive around the world, including the United States and 162 other countries.
Victims of trafficking are
disproportionately women, though men are increasingly vulnerable to forms of trafficking such as forced labour in domestic, construction or agriculture work.
The most effective way to both prevent the lure of trafficking & rehabilitate survivors is economic empowerment:
helping survivors equip themselves with skills, resources & confidence to financially support themselves, their families & contribute to the well-being of their communities.