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Trafficking and slavery

We won’t stop until we end the business of modern slavery for good

The problem

Trafficking and slavery still exist today

Slavery is illegal almost everywhere. But millions of men, women and children are trapped in modern-day slavery around the world. In India, entire families are enslaved in labour trafficking in brick kilns, rice mills, and garment factories working up to 20 hours a day. In the Dominican Republic, women and children are lured into sex trafficking with promises of school or a good-paying job. In the Philippines, children as young as two are sexually abused live for anyone in the world to watch through online sexual exploitation of children.

There are an estimated 50 million people held in slavery today.

An estimated 90% of labour trafficking takes place in the private economy—homes, business and supply chains.

Human trafficking generates about $150 billion a year—with two-thirds coming from commercial sexual exploitation.

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Forms of Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery

Our solution

Our Community Protection Model

We don’t stop at rescuing and restoring people who have been abused. Our goal is to prevent the violence from happening in the first place.

That’s why IJM and our partners collaborate with local authorities to serve individual survivors of violence, pursue sustainable improvements in the justice system and build communities where all people can expect to be safe and protected.

Where we work to end trafficking and slavery

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Meet Foli

A young boy rescued from slavery in Ghana

Foli* was a young boy forced to work 19-hour days casting and untangling nets to produce fish in Lake Volta’s massive fishing industry. For these young children, the only way out of slavery is to drown or be rescued. Foli prayed to God for safety and a chance to escape. After local police found him and brought him to safety, he was able to go to school and play soccer again. Today, there are still thousands of other children like him waiting for rescue.

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Slavery and Trafficking Resources

We are seeing evidence that IJM’s model works—that enforcing the law deters criminals and protects people from violence. Here’s proof:

Online Sexual Exploitation of Children in the Philippines: Analysis and Recommendations for Governments, Industry, and Civil Society
Online Sexual Exploitation of Children in the Philippines: A Review of the Criminal Justice System's Response
IJM Justice Review: A Journal on Protection and Justice for the Poor
Child Sex Trafficking in Metro Manila: Using time-space sampling to measure prevalence of child sex trafficking in Metro Manila, the Philippines

Together, we can end trafficking and slavery for good.

Will you send rescue and protection until everyone is free?

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