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Human Trafficking in Charlotte, NC

Updated: Nov 13, 2017

Lavelle Gathings (author) Oct 16, 2017

It is hard to believe that 99% of human trafficking victims are NEVER found. I was part of the human trafficking awareness walk in Charlotte, NC on October 14, 2017. Charlotte, NC is highest ranked in NC, and ranked #10 in the U.S. Great organizations like A21, and Joyce Meyer Ministries Hand Of Hope are always making a difference. Sometimes it seems like our small steps won’t make a difference, but it does. Don’t wait until this arrives on YOUR front door to be a voice for those who have none. I have not been a victim, however the thought of being beaten, raped, sold, used for porn can be overwhelmingly unbearable. The victims are human beings like our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and children. How can we turn our faces from this reality in our own back yard? Many times the victims are in plain sight. Cleaning ladies, forced labor working on farms are some ways to detect this modern day slavery. It was great seeing such a large turn out, and positive people. We are all connected in some way. It is amazing to walk together for the purpose to help others who can’t help themselves.


Average cost of a slave is $90.

Human Trafficking involves exploitation for sex acts, and pornography.

Exploitation for sex acts are 80%, and 20% are for labor exploitation.

There are 20-30 million slaves today.

There are 600,000 to 800,000 people who are trafficked across our borders every year, 80% are female, and half are children.

Average for teens entering this horrific lifestyle are from ages 12-14 years old. Most are runaway girls who are sexually abused as children.

California harbors three of FBI’s 13 highest child sex trafficking areas in the nation: Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.

Texas hotline receives the highest calls than from any other state.

14,500-17,5000 trafficked in U.S. each year

Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry. It generates $32 billion every year.

55% are women, and 45% are men

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