Slavery and Human Trafficking

Find Out How You Can Help Set Them Free

The Father Benito Ibaretta Home for Young Girls in Bohicon, Benin, is a CRS-supported center for rescued girls who have been trafficked.

With more than 12 million trafficked and enslaved people worldwide, the problem is enormous. But you can help. Let's abolish slavery forever. Photo by Lane Hartill/CRS


Gardening From Indian Red-Light District to Green Thumb
Girls and young women find refuge from Mumbai's brothels and embrace a new life with the support of CRS and partner Prerana.

Sewing machine CRS Supports Tougher Anti-Trafficking Laws in Brazil
CRS applauds Brazilian lawmakers who recently approved a constitutional amendment that strengthens the punishment for human traffickers.

Antonio Jose dos Santos Filho Trapped in Slavery
Each year, some 10,000 Brazilians, lured by promises of lucrative jobs, fall prey to a system that chains them to debt, isolation and abuse.

A young woman who survived sex trafficking shows paper flowers she made Helping Survivors of India's Sex-Slave Trade
Prajwala and Catholic Relief Services team up in India to nurture and support young women who have endured the horror of sex trafficking.

Facts About Slavery

  1. At least 12.3 million people are trafficked worldwide.
  2. More than 1 million children are victims of trafficking.
  3. People are trafficked in 161 countries, including the United States.
  4. Human trafficking is a $32 billion industry worldwide.
  5. On average, only 1 person is convicted for every 800 trafficking cases worldwide.

Meet Former Slaves

Ana Lucia Tesoureira

See the faces of people who went from slave to successful homeowner. Your support helped these families get a fresh start.

How You Can Help

Boy praying

See the ways you can make a real difference in the lives of people affected by human trafficking and slavery.