According to the Honduran government, more then 3,500 Hondurans were victims of human trafficking in 2010. Most of those cases are women and children, who are most vulnerable to sexual exploitation.
According to the government an increase in human trafficking is related to an increase in of legal and illegal immigration to the U.S. One belief is that Hondurans trying to emigrate to the U.S. are sold into the slave trade before or after arriving to the U.S.
Twenty-seven million people are currently in slavery around the world, 80 percent are women.
Most families are poor and struggle everyday to survive, leaving women and children vulnerable to being bought and sold into a life of slavery for sex or labor purposes.
In August 72 illegal immigrants were massacred in Tamaulipas, Mexico for refusing to accept roles as indentured slaves within gangs. Thirty-two of those victims were Hondurans.