Greed, lust, deceit, and poverty trap an estimated 21 million people worldwide.
A combination of greed, lust, deceit, and poverty traps an estimated 21 million people worldwide (3 out of every 1,000 people) in forced labor as either sex workers (21 percent), or as agriculture, mining, construction, domestic, or manufacturing workers (79 percent). According to the International Labour Organization, more than half are females and 25 percent are children.
Victims of human trafficking are often lured into forced labor by promises of food and shelter, jobs in wealthy countries, or money to help family members living in poverty. Some are sold by their families to repay large debts. Most find themselves trapped due to violence or threats of violence, or by more subtle means such as accumulated debt, retention of identity papers and passports, or threats of denunciation to immigration authorities.
While Southeast Asia contains the largest numbers of exploited laborers at 11.7 million, about 1.5 million are also found in Western Nations. “21 Million People Are Now Victims of Forced Labor,” International Labor Organization, Jun 1, 2012.