Human trafficking* is one of the most lucrative criminal enterprises in the world, with illicit profits rivaling those of the global drug and arms trades. A 2014 survey by the International Labour Organization estimated that revenue from human trafficking grosses as much as $150 billion annually.Yet, unlike with drugs and weapons, the minimal cost of “purchasing” a human trafficking victim, combined with the fact that the same victim may be sold again and again, makes human trafficking a high-reward, low-risk enterprise.
Erin N. Kauffman,
The Uniform Act on Prevention Of And Remedies For Human Trafficking: State Law and The National Response To Labor Trafficking,
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