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Slavery Globally:

"The number of people forced into slavery around the world has risen to 27 million." - The BBC

"[There are] 27 million people in slavery today...".  That is "more than were seized from Africa during the 4 centuries of trans-Atlantic slave trade.” - Kevin Bales, from National Geographic and Disposable People

In 1850 a slave in the Southern United States cost the equivalent of $40,000 today.  According to Free the Slaves, a slave today costs an average of $90.  This means slaves are abused more than ever, because the owner has less invested in their health and well-being.  

Slavery Locally:

"Between 14,000 and 17,000 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year. Nearly half are forced into prostitution, many of them children. Seattle's port and international border makes it one of the 10 human-trafficking hot spots in the country."  - The Seattle Times, 3/11/11

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