- There are 27 million people enslaved in the world today. And that's a conservative estimate.
- 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the US each year for the sole purpose of being slaves.
- Child sex tourism is a popular trade in East Asia, with an estimated 40,000 women and young girls from Burma forced into the sex trade in Thailand each year.
- Up to 20 million of the 27 million "bonded laborers" - i.e., slaves - are in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal.
- In India and Nepal, a slave can be bought and kept for as little as $36, though the average cost is around $90.
- Contrast that $90 with an average of $1,500/slave in the American South during the height of slavery - you'll see that slavery as an option has become cheaper, easier, and more readily available; therefore the people are considered also "easily disposable."
- Slavery generates a yearly profit of $13.6 billion a year for the slaveholders.
It's time for a change.
Facts taken from the Free The Slaves Campaign: http://www.freetheslaves.net