Scale of slavery
More people are enslaved today than ever before – but we do not notice because it is hidden, and so the crime can flourish.
According to United Nations estimates, 50 million people are enslaved today. Slavery exists in almost every country on earth and it is the fastest growing crime worldwide.
Across the globe, young girls are raped multiple times a day in brothels. Eight-year-old boys are forced to work in blisteringly hot and unsafe factories to produce cheap goods for the West – barely sleeping, eating or drinking. Men and women have their organs cut out and sold to the highest bidders. Murders are commonplace and violence is a way of life.
In the UK, slavery is hidden in car washes, brothels, nail bars and restaurants. Young people are blackmailed into distributing illegal drugs. It’s everywhere – in our neighbourhoods and on our streets.
“Human trafficking is the greatest human tragedy that has fallen upon us. It has to be avoided and the younger generation has to be the torchbearers against it.”
– President Ram Nath Kovind of India, Justice and Care Reception