Human Trafficking Statistics

Human trafficking statistics and information. Facts about human trafficking are collected from various public information sources, such as security agencies, criminal justice programs, research organizations and news stories.

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According to Nigeria’s Ambassador to Russia, at least 200 Nigerian girls trafficking to Russia each month and forced to work in the prostitution industry.

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Source:  “Nigeria: Monthly 200 Nigerian Girls Are Trafficked to Russia for Prostitution – Envoy,” All Africa, November 21, 2013.

An organization in Africa estimates that up to 15,000 young African soccer players are victims of human trafficking each year.

The Culture Foot Solidaire reported that human trafficking agents approach players families and tells them that their son earn lucrative contracts in Europe. The agent usually presents a fake business card that bears the logo of European Football clubs. In exchange, the agent tells the family that he will represent the player for a fee of $13,400 (€10,000).

The players are taken by the agents to Europe or Asia and are simply abandoned there.

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Source:  Brian Homewood, “Trafficking of young African players still rampant,” Reuters, November 8, 2013.

A mother in Colombia was arrested for selling the virginity of her 12 daughters to men who paid $200.

The 45 year old mother reportedly contacted men each time one of her daughters turned 12. She would have the men pay $200, and then force the girl to continue working as a prostitute in order to help the family pay its bills.

Source:  “Margarita de Jesus Zapata Moreno accused of selling virginities of 12 daughters for $200 each,” News.Com.Au, October 25, 2013.

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On average, around 10 woman are being kidnapped each day in the state of Assam in India. In the first nine months of 2013, security agencies in the state have recorded 2,274 woman as being kidnapped. Police estimate that 60 percent of the kidnappings are linked to human trafficking.

In 2012, the number of kidnapping cases reported in Assam was 3,360.

Source: Pranjal Baruah, “10 women are kidnapped in state every day, say police,” Times of India, October 22, 2013.

Criminal justice officials in Greece stated that in a recent child trafficking case, a Roma woman from Bulgaria gave birth in a public hospital in Greece. The woman was accompanied by a human trafficker who pretended to be her relative. After the birth, the trafficker paid the woman $4,100 (€3,000) for the child and took the baby. The trafficker then turned around and sold the baby to a Greek couple.

Officials state that on average, a childless couple in Greece pays up to $41,000 (€30,000) for a baby, or up to 10 times the amount the trafficker paid the mother.

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Source:  Giorgos Christides, “Greece’s child-trafficking problem,” BBC News, October 21, 2013.

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Media reports state that organized child beggars in Islamabad, Pakistan earn between $1.88 to $2.36 (200 to 250 Pakistani Rupees). At the end of the day, all money earned by the children are turned over to the ring leader.

Criminal justice officials state that many of the children are recruited, trained, and relocated to popular locations. The children often use illegal drugs such as cocaine and marijuana in order to become dependent to the ring leader.

(Income and cash from illegal jobs on the underground economy.)

Source:  “Beggar mafia fast spreading its activities,” The News International, October 20, 2013.

In France, a group of Roma were arrested and convicted in court for operating a child trafficking ring where the children were forced to steal.

Criminal justice officials stated in court that child brides were being sold for $270,000 in cash. The value of the child was based upon the child’s ability to steal. One Roma told the court that he was stealing up to $7,000 worth of cash and jewels a month for his parents since he was 13.

(Earnings and profit from the under the table activities.)

Source:  Dan Bilefsky, “Are the Roma Primitive, or Just Poor?,” New York Times, October 19, 2013.

Reports from various criminal justice departments in the United Kingdom showed that there were a total of 371 children who fell victim to  human trafficking in 2012. The number of children officially registered as victims was 50 percent higher than the 234 children identified in 2011.

In 2012, the largest number of children trafficked into the UK was from Vietnam, where 95 children were from. 67 children were from Nigeria and 25 were from China. 20 British girls were also identified.

For adults, there were 786 women identified as human trafficking victims in 2012, an increase of 12 percent from the year before. 400 men were trafficking victims, an increase of nearly a third.

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Source:  Steven Swinford, “Girl smuggled into Britain to have her ‘organs harvested’,” Telegraph, October 18, 2013.

According to study released by Australian NGO Walk Free Foundation, there are 29.8 million people living as slaves in the world as of 2013.  The foundation defined slaves as people who are in forced labor conditions, victims of human trafficking, children who were bought and sold, and women forced into marriage.

India has the most slaves in the world, with the number of slaves in the country reported to be between 13.3 million and 14.7 million people. China had the second most slaves, with 2.8 million to 3.1 million people living in slave-like conditions. Pakistan had the third most, with 2 to 2.2 million slaves.

Source:  Krishnadev Calamur, “India, China Top List Of Nations With Most Slaves,” NPR, October 17, 2013, and Alexander Smith, “30 million people still live in slavery, human rights group says,” NBC News, October 17, 2013.

A report by an Assembly Member in London stated that there were 389 cases of human trafficking identified by London’s Metropolitan Police between January to October 2013. Out of those cases, 36, or 9 percent, were picked up by the police.

In total, 39 percent of all human trafficking cases identified in Britain was located in the city of London.

The Metropolitan Police has carried out 146 investigations into human trafficking and has charged 282 people between April 2010 and October 2013.

Source:  “Met picked up 9% of human trafficking victims, report says,” BBC News, October 13, 2013.