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Number of children sold as slaves

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Number of children sold as slaves

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Child slavery facts are truly horrific!...
Over a million children are sold as slaves or “being trafficked” as it is called. Many work in dangerous conditions and more than 20,000 children are killed every year while working.

Top 5 facts about children trafficked

1

Selling children

As many as 1.2 million children are being trafficked every year. The children who are trafficked often work as slaves in farms, mines and industrial factories.


2

Sold over and over again

Boys and girls can be sold many times, and in different ways, for profit. The children often work long hours, and under very poor conditions. It is also not uncommon that they are exposed to toxic chemicals, dangerous machinery and extreme temperatures.


3

Kumar, a child laborer, says:

“It was like a prison, we were locked inside. We worked from 5 a.m. until midnight making carpets, and we slept among the machines” (Kumar, child laborer).


4

Girl workers in Ghana

“Stress; exhaustion; sunburn; too much heat; backache; long working hours; a lack of good drinking water; falling trees; tripping on ropes; wounds from machetes; using bare hands to apply fertilizer”. (Responses from girls when asked about working conditions in agriculture).


5

It’s deadly

The large majority of child slaves work seven days a week including holidays, and they typically do not get paid. 22,000 children are killed at work every year - more than 2 children every hour.



Children trafficked

“Human trafficking” is the modern world’s term for slave trade; or the process of enslaving a person. It happens when someone is tricked, kidnapped or coerced, and then taken into slavery. If moving a person from one place to another does not result in slavery, then it is not human trafficking. The number of trafficked children does not include any of the roughly 8.4 million children who are working in the worst possible forms of child labor, such as prostitution, pornography, and armed labor. The figures used are minimum estimates, based on conservative calculations.


Selling children

Sold over and over again

Kumar, a child laborer, says:

Girl workers in Ghana

It’s deadly

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