A child with feet chained, illustrating the problem with human trafficking

Shedding Light on the Sad Truths of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking – modern-day slavery – is a grave violation of human rights. Las Vegas is one of the primary targets of these predators. Awareness is Prevention (AIPNV), started by Lena Walther, the Consul of Sweden to Nevada, is working hard to change that.

Canyon President Dale Sprague and Chef Gert Kvalsund, owner of Saga Pastry + Sandwich, teamed up to help draw awareness to their mission. Utilizing the contemporary Scandinavian restaurant as a backdrop, Sprague hung a small gallery of his oil paintings, which are for sale and will benefit AIPNV.

The Facts

Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including forcing victims into prostitution, subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude and compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography.

According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation. There are approximately 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today. According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. More than 70% are female and half are children. (Source: AIPNV.org)

The three most prevalent types of human trafficking include Sex Trafficking (escort services, illicit massage/health/beauty and pornography); Labor Trafficking (domestic work, agriculture and animal husbandry and traveling sales crews); and Sex/Labor Trafficking (illicit massage/health/beauty, illicit activities and bars, strip clubs and cantinas).

A woman under duress by man grabbing her arms, a representation of human trafficking

Here are more disheartening statistics:

• Human trafficking is big business, it generates $40 billion dollars a year

• Not all victims are homeless or run-aways, some are your next-door neighbor

• 300,000+ children are at the risk of being trafficked in the U.S. annually

• In international crime industries, human trafficking comes after illegal drugs and arms trafficking in terms of money generated – it’s #3 on the list

• Reports of human trafficking is most prevalent in Washington, DC, Nevada and Florida. The U.S. cities where human trafficking is most reported per capita are Washington, DC, Atlanta, Orlando and Las Vegas. (Source: Priceconomics)

• In 2019, the National Human Trafficking Hotline received more calls, texts and other forms of contact that ever before.

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