Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking in New York

This is an introduction and the first in a year long monthly series on the various aspects of human trafficking continuing in Jan 2015.

According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), over 21 million people are victims of forced labor and 4.5 million of these are victims of forced sexual exploitation. The 2014 Global Slavery Index of the Walk Free Foundation, on the other hand, estimates that about 36 million people are currently held in modern slavery.

Huge illegal profits are made out of slavery and human trafficking. The ILO estimates that over US$150 billion is made annually by the private economy.

Women and children make the majority of victims of modern slavery. In the United States, about 60 000 people are estimated to be victims of modern slavery and 4 000 children are victims of sex trafficking in New York every day.


Evon Idahosa, the executive director of PathFinders Justice Initiative, Dorchen Leidholdt, director of the Center for Battered Women's Legal Services at the Sanctuary for Families, and a recorded interview of Kenya (not real name), an African descendant survivor of sex trafficking in New York.

Hosts: Wuyi Jacobs & Tseliso Thipanyane 

This podcast is the second segment of AfrobeatRadio on November 29, 2104 radio program on WBAI 99.5 FM, NYC Pacifica Radio.