Slavery at a Glance
There are 50 million people in slavery globally.
That’s more than ever before in human history.
Slavery is a multibillion-dollar industry.
Human trafficking generates US$150 billion annually.
Slave owners prey on the poor and vulnerable.
1 in 4 victims of modern slavery is a child.
Slavery: In Their Own Words
Maarko was a 7-year-old boy sexually abused on live internet video—a crime called online sexual exploitation
He dreamed of being like his hero Superman, but had no way out. Maarko (a pseudonym) was rescued through the efforts of IJM and his abusers have been prosecuted.
Gowri wanted to support her children and pay their bills, so she took out a loan from a crooked factory owner.
The owner continually increased the loan, violently forcing her family to continue working long hours for him. After nearly 10 years of slavery, IJM was able to send rescue.
Sadhna was deceived and forced into a life of prostitution.
After losing her father, Sadhna (a pseudonym) moved with her mother and sister to the big city of Kolkata. She was tricked into a brothel, drugged and sold nightly to men for sex. But now, Sadhna is safe because of IJM and our supporters.
Slavery is Prevalent Across the World
Slavery happens in different places and takes many forms
- Forced labour in brick kilns and other factories
- Online sexual exploitation of children on the internet
- Sex slavery in brothels
- Human trafficking onto fishing boats
- Bonded labour on farms, plantations and more
- Human trafficking into domestic servitude and other supply chains
It goes beyond poor working conditions and wage theft.
People trapped in slavery face physical, verbal and sexual abuse daily, and cannot leave to find other work or protect their families. In IJM’s cases, we have met people who report being beaten, gang-raped, locked in tiny rooms, starved and even forced to witness murders.