Trafficking

one of the world's most profitable crimes

Key stats

  • Human trafficking is one of the world’s most profitable crimes – worth $150 billion annually
  • Women & girls make up 72% of all reported cases, including 99% of sex trafficking

 

What is human trafficking?
Human trafficking is when people are forced into exploitative situations for profit. It is estimated there are currently almost 50 million victims of human trafficking globally.

Also known as modern slavery, victims are exploited across three main forms of trafficking: forced labour (including sex trafficking), forced marriage, and forced organ removal.

How big is the trafficking industry?
Human trafficking is one of the world’s most profitable crimes, earning traffickers at least $150 billion annually. And you might be contributing to it without realising, with everything from your morning coffee to your smartphone potentially including forced labour in their production.

It’s easy to imagine trafficking only occurs in far off places, but 52% of all forced labour, and a quarter of forced marriages, are found in high and upper-middle income countries. These crimes occur in almost every country in the world, cutting across cultural, ethnic, and religious lines.

What’s the impact on people’s lives?
The effects of human trafficking are widespread and dangerous, undermining peace and security globally, from the personal devastation of those affected, to the destabilisation of communities, and global impact of an illicit industry on the economy.

The risk of human trafficking is heightened for women and girls in areas of extreme gender discrimination, gender-based violence, and conflict. They are disproportionately affected by trafficking globally, making up 72% of all reported cases (women 49%, girls 23%), including 99% of sex trafficking.

Men and boys are more likely to be exploited within male-dominated industries, such as forced labour in construction, agriculture and manufacturing, along with being the main victims of organ removal.

Are trafficking numbers getting better or worse?
It is hard to say as we never know the true number of victims. Those living in poverty, migrants, and people living in areas of political conflict are often targeted as they usually have little social or legal support. Providing access to services, resources, and education on trafficking for these people, can help protect them from traffickers who prey on vulnerable populations.

At i=Change, we’re committed to supporting NGOs that fight trafficking, advocate for preventative action, while providing protection, psycho-social support and skills training that empowers survivors to rebuild their lives.

You can be the change, when you shop for change.

Share this?
Not an i=Change brand? Join the movement

Shop brands supporting anti-trafficking

  • Aryele the label gives from every sale to:

    • Protect a woman
    • Restore the land
    • Empower survivors
    Aryele the label
  • Equal Hands gives from every sale to:

    • Educate a girl
    • Save mother's lives
    • Prevent trafficking with education
    Equal Hands
  • Tully Lou gives from every sale to:

    • Continue her education
    • Prevent trafficking with education
    Tully Lou
  • Dear Blackbird Boutique gives from every sale to:

    • Protect a woman
    • Empower survivors
    • Dignity during disaster
    Dear Blackbird Boutique
  • BreakNice gives from every sale to:

    • Empower survivors
    • Give a new start
    • Coach boys into men
    BreakNice
  • YCL gives from every sale to:

    • Prevent trafficking with education
    • Rewild Australia
    • Continue her education
    YCL
  • Kids Car Sales gives from every sale to:

    • Bring joy to sick kids
    • Prevent trafficking with education
    • Support kids with cancer
    Kids Car Sales
  • Daily Naturals Clean Beauty gives from every sale to:

    • Restore the land
    • Protect a woman
    • Prevent trafficking with education
    Daily Naturals Clean Beauty
  • The Essential Jewels gives from every sale to:

    • End violence against women
    • Support mental health
    • Protect Rohingya children
    The Essential Jewels
  • Little Advent Boxes gives from every sale to:

    • Prevent trafficking with education
    • Help tiny babies survive
    • End the marriage of girls
    Little Advent Boxes
  • Esah & Co. gives from every sale to:

    • Clean the sea
    • Teach healthy masculinity
    • Prevent trafficking with education
    Esah & Co.
  • Saint Lucia Swim gives from every sale to:

    • Empower women
    • Clean the sea
    • Prevent trafficking with education
    Saint Lucia Swim
  • St Soleil gives from every sale to:

    • Empower survivors
    • Clean the sea
    • Empower women in the Pacific
    St Soleil
  • Madison Marcus gives from every sale to:

    • Provide a safe birth
    • Restore nature
    • Empower survivors
    Madison Marcus
  • Jonny gives from every sale to:

    • Prevent trafficking with education
    • End the marriage of girls
    • Clean the sea
    Jonny
  • SH Jewellery gives from every sale to:

    • Support children in emergencies
    • Empower survivors
    • Feed aussies in crisis
    SH Jewellery
  • Who Is Elijah gives from every sale to:

    • Feed an Afghan child
    • Clean the sea
    • Prevent trafficking with education
    Who Is Elijah
  • Organic Nest gives from every sale to:

    • Help people, help planet
    • Empower survivors
    • Restore the land
    Organic Nest