The purpose of sex and human trafficking is to generate profit for the trafficker. Whether the victim is producing income for the trafficker, who sells their services, or the victim is saving money for the trafficker, who pays nothing or very little for the victim’s labor—it all adds up to profit. And there’s plenty of profit to be made in human trafficking.
The International Labor Organization (ILO), reports that human trafficking produces $150 billion in annual profits worldwide. The commercial sex industry alone generates $99 billion, with the remaining sectors of agriculture, manufacturing, mining, and utilities generating another $51 billion a year in profits.
Profits for these latter trafficking sectors break down as follows:
Typically, girls and women suffer the brunt of sexual exploitation and forced domestic work. Boys and men are more often exploited economically, with traffickers forcing them to work jobs for little to no pay, away from their families, and in grueling conditions. However, men and boys also face sexual exploitation.
Sex traffic victims generate very high returns on traffickers’ initial investments.
According to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), sexual exploitation produces 66 percent of the profits for human trafficking globally.
Women forced into sexual slavery generate $100,000 in profits, according to the OSCE, which further reports that this amount is six times the average amount of profits generated for individual victims across all trafficking categories. Sexually exploited victims offer a return on investment (ROI) of anywhere between 100 percent to 1,000 percent, the OSCE reports. On the other hand, profits produced by trafficked laborers are 50 percent, even in profit-challenged agricultural markets, like India.
When OSCE followed the profits enjoyed by two sex traffickers in the Netherlands, they found that one trafficker made just over $18,000 every month from his four trafficking victims, for a total of $127,036. The other trafficker collected $295,786 within 14 months of starting to sell the sexual services of his three trafficking victims.
When it came to investigating the cost savings of forced labor, the OSCE discovered that Chinese cooks trafficked and serving as cooks in a German kitchen received only $808 for working 78 hours per week, an amount that flies in the face of German law, which entitles people in this line of work to earn $2,558 for a 39-hour work week.
If you are a survivor of sex or human trafficking, you can sue the businesses who facilitated your victimization. These are businesses like hotels, motels, truck stops, or restaurants, for example, that benefit from sex and human trafficking, either knew or should have known that you were being trafficked, and did nothing to stop or prevent it from happening.
By suing these businesses, you can not only obtain financial compensation to secure vital care and treatment but also participate in an effort that will motivate such companies from being complicit in human trafficking activities.
The attorneys at Newsome Melton can help you. We will investigate your case, determine the liable businesses, and file a claim against their policies or sue them in court for the damages you have suffered at the hands of a trafficker.
Call us today for a free case review and consultation at (888) 808-5977.