World News: Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to exploit someone to perform labor or sex acts. Unfortunately, traffickers are creeping up into the United States as well as the more commonly known foreign territories; for example, North Carolina is one of the most heavily trafficked states in the country, for both labor and sex trafficking. While every instance of human trafficking is absolutely intolerable, it is particularly troubling to hear stories of children being trafficked. Available data estimates that 100,000 children are involved in the sex trade in the United States alone, and women are the majority of trafficked persons globally. 20.9 million people are victims of forced labor globally, according to the International Labor Organization.

 

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