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Profits generated by slaves

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There's nothing modern about the term...
"slavery". Nonetheless, slavery is more widespread than ever before in human history. Get some modern slavery facts below.

Top 3 facts about profits generated by slaves

1

It’s big business

The profits generated worldwide by all forms of slavery is more than 90 billion US dollars every year. 40 percent of these profits are generated by trafficked sex slaves.


2

Slaves are cheap

Historically, human slaves were always expensive - around 40,000 US dollars in today’s money. Today, the average slave only costs around 90 dollars meaning that these people often are seen as disposable inputs for production.


3

It’s a crime on a massive scale

Slavery is second only to drug trafficking in terms of global crime.



Profits generated by slaves

The profits generated worldwide by all forms of slavery in 2007 was 91.2 billion US dollars. That is second only to drug trafficking in terms of global, criminal, illicit enterprises. The weighted average annual profits generated by a slave in 2007 was 3,175 US dollars.


It’s big business

Slaves are cheap

It’s a crime on a massive scale

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