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Slavery is the third criminal activity in the world, after weapons trafficking and illegal drugs.

Slavery is also a big crminal acitivity in the XXI Century

Human trafficking is the world´s fastest growing criminal activity, an illegal “industry” that generates about nine billion dollars every year. The main victims of human trafficking are undocumented. Recently the United Nations started a global campaign of awareness on this raising criminal activity.

The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST, in English), told to the media that only in 2010, that according estimates of the CIA around 50000 people were trafficked as slaves into the U.S., mainly in the biggest american cities.  Among the modern slaves, the main part are women and children that are held captive for the purpose of exploitation.

Due to the seriousness of this crime and the need to work in prevention, the american authorities are trying to involve the community to effectively combat human trafficking. In that regard  January 11 was set up as the national day of awareness about human trafficking.

Human trafficking  is very difficult to fight because it is not public. The people know little about this criminal activity. It is more a sort of “private crime”.

There is a lack of education about how to identify the problem of human trafficking.  The last estimate says that nowaadays 27 million people in the world have been enslaved. The stimates made by CAST also said that each year between 600,000 and 800,000 slaves  are passing through international borders. According to CAST  this figure does not include the millions who are trafficked internally, in their own countries.

As criminal activity, human trafficking and modern slavery is located in third place after traffic in arms and drugs, according to figures released by CAST on its Web site.

According to research made by the State Department,  California is a place where many people have been trafficked against their will, as slaves.