Disturbing Statistics on Human Trafficking and Relevant Bible Verses.


Recently I preached a message on Globalisation and Poverty and that led into a message on Human Rights specifically focussing on Human Trafficking. Here are some Bible Verses that I used and then some very disturbing statistics.

Here is a clip on Slavery:


Bible Verses

  • Psalm 82:4 Rescue the poor and helpless from the grasp of evil men.
  • Proverbs 21:13 Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor
          Will also cry himself and not be heard.
  • Prov. 14:31 Anyone who oppresses the poor is insulting God who made them. To help the poor is to honour God.
  • Psa. 82:3 Give fair judgment to the poor man, the afflicted, the fatherless, the destitute.
  • Job 30:25
    Have I not wept for those in trouble? Has not my soul grieved for the poor?
  • Proverbs 29:7 7 The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.
  • Deuteronomy 16:20
    Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you.
  • Jeremiah 22:16
    He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?” declares the LORD.
  • Psalm 106:3
    Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right.
  • Isaiah 1:17
    Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.
  • Isaiah 61:8
    For I, the LORD, love justice;
  • Micah 6:8
    He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Human Trafficking Statistics

  • Globally, the average cost of a slave is $90.
  • According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labour exploitation.
  • There are approximately 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today.
  • Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking).
  • It reportedly generates a profit of $32 billion every year. Of that number, $15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries.
  • Human trafficking is a global phenomenon that is fuelled by poverty and gender discrimination.
  • Nearly 7,000 Nepali girls as young as nine years old are sold every year into India’s red-light district—or 200,000 in the last decade. Ten thousand children between the ages of six and 14 are in Sri Lanka brothels.
  •  A human trafficker can earn 20 times what he or she paid for a girl. Provided the girl was not physically brutalized to the point of ruining her beauty, the pimp could sell her again for a greater price because he had trained her and broken her spirit, which saves future buyers the hassle. A 2003 study in the Netherlands found that, on average, a single sex slave earned her pimp at least $250,000 a year.
  • Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including:
    • a. Forcing victims into prostitution
    • b. Subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude
    • c. Compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography
    • d. Misleading victims into debt bondage
  • According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. More than 70% are female and half are children.
  • The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12 to 14-year-old. Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children.
  • Between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year.
  • The International Labour Organization estimates that women and girls represent the largest share of forced labour victims with 11.4 million trafficked victims (55%) compared to 9.5 million (45%) men.
  • Researchers note that sex trafficking plays a major role in the spread of HIV.
  • There are more human slaves in the world today than ever before in history.
  • Human trafficking not only involves sex and labour, but people are also trafficked for organ harvesting.
  •  According to a 2009 Washington Times article, the Taliban buys children as young as seven years old to act as suicide bombers. The price for child suicide bombers is between $7,000-$14,000.
  • UNICEF estimates that 300,000 children younger than 18 are currently trafficked to serve in armed conflicts worldwide.
  • 80% of North Koreans who escape into China are women. Nine out of 10 of those women become victims of human trafficking, often for sex. If the women complain, they are deported back to North Korea, where they are thrown into gulags or are executed.
  •  Ludwig “Tarzan” Fainberg, a convicted trafficker, said, “You can buy a woman for $10,000 and make your money back in a week if she is pretty and young. Then everything else is profit.”
  • Human traffickers are increasingly trafficking pregnant women for their newborns. Babies are sold on the black market, where the profit is divided between the traffickers, doctors, lawyers, border officials, and others. The mother is usually paid less than what is promised her, citing the cost of travel and creating false documents. A mother might receive as little as a few hundred dollars for her baby.
  • The Western presence in Kosovo, such as NATO troops and civilians, have fueled the rapid growth of sex trafficking and forced prostitution. Amnesty International has reported that NATO soldiers, UN police, and Western aid workers “operated with near impunity in exploiting the victims of the sex traffickers.”
  • Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” video is about human trafficking. In the video, Gaga is trafficked by a Russian bathhouse into sex slavery.
  • Over 71% of trafficked children show suicidal tendencies.
  • Sex traffickers use a variety of ways to “condition” their victims, including subjecting them to starvation, rape, gang rape, physical abuse, beating, confinement, threats of violence toward the victim and victim’s family, forced drug use, and shame.
  • Family members will often sell children and other family members into slavery; the younger the victim, the more money the trafficker receives. For example, a 10-year-old named Gita was sold into a brothel by her aunt. The now 22-year-old recalls that when she refused to work, the older girls held her down and stuck a piece of cloth in her mouth so no one would hear her scream as she was raped by a customer. She would later contract HIV.
  • Human traffickers often work with corrupt government officials to obtain travel documents and seize passports
  • Today, slaves are cheaper than they have ever been in history. The population explosion has created a great supply of workers, and globalization has created people who are vulnerable and easily enslaved.
  • The AIDS epidemic in Africa has left many children orphaned, making them especially vulnerable to human trafficking.
  • According to the U.S. State Department, human trafficking is one of the greatest human rights challenges of this century, both in the United States and around the world.

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5 replies

  1. I need more protecting victims of human trafficking and Identification. more bless for me to hear such kinds work, i also like to join you. i’m a missionary from Nigeria, my name is John


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