BY DAVID P. BERNAL, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Human trafficking is now estimated to generate $150 billion in illegal profits annually. That is an increase of 368% since the last reporting in 2009. Human trafficking is constantly evolving, and so is our approach. The problem is bigger than ever before. Understanding the problem is the first step toward becoming the solution.
During the financial crisis between 2007 and 2010, the average U.S. household lost 40% of its wealth. As the economy sputtered and unemployment soared, one global industry was doing better than ever: human trafficking. Having grown from an estimated $32 billion in 2009, it is now a business, generating $150 billion in illegal profits every year. It exists in virtually every country in the world, and unfortunately it is growing here in our back yard.
Hopefully, you care enough about our country and these victims which include an increasing number of children to help us. Thank you for your consideration.