There are up to 20.9 million slaves in the world today according to the US Trafficking in Persons Report 2014. of that number 14.2 million are in forced labor and 4.5 million are in sex trafficking with the remainder in both. In absolute numbers, there are more people held in slavery today than during the height of the transatlantic slave trade.
An estimated 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders yearly, not including millions who are traded within their own country.
About 80 percent of these victims are females, and 50 percent are children.
Human Trafficking generates approximately $150 billion internationally annually, making it one of the top 3 international crimes, along with trafficking of drugs and guns.
Westlake High FBLA is partnering with the SWLA Abolitionists to bring awareness to this issue and to help fight Human Trafficking.
You can help by purchasing a t-shirt. All proceeds form the sale of the shirt will be donated to the SWLA Abolitionists.