The U.S. department has estimated that 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year, 80 percent of these women and girls, mostly for sexual exploitation… In contrast, in the peak decade of the transatlantic slave trade, the 1780’s an average of just under 80,000 slaves were shipped annually across the Atlantic from Africa to the New World. The average then dropped to a bit more than 50,000 between 1811 and 1850.

In other words, far more women and girls are shipped into brothels each year in the early twenty- first century than African slaves were shipped into slave plantations each year in the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries…

Source: “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn



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