Child Trafficking

An estimated 100,000 children fall victim to human sex trafficking in the United States each year, according to US Senator Richard Durbin.

The Senator further stated that the  average age that a girl enters prostitution in the United States is 13.

Source: Richard Durbin, “In Our Own Backyard: Child Prostitution and Sex Trafficking in the United States,” Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law, February 24, 2010.

Between 60,000 to 100,000 children are employed in the prostitution industry of the Philippines, according to the International Labor Organization.

Source: David Challenger, “Filipino group helps women find life outside of trafficking,” CNN, February 22, 2010.

According to a 2003 study, up to 20 percent of all Internet porn involves children.

Source:  Regan McMahon, “Porn addiction destroys relationships, lives,” San Francisco Chronicle, February 22, 2010.


A task force in Ohio reported that 1,000 children who were born in Ohio are forced to work in the prostitution industry.

(See all child trafficking statistics here.)

Source:  Associated Press, “Report: Hundreds forced into labor, sex in Ohio,” Washington Post, February 10, 2010.

One third of the prostitution industry in Cambodia is estimated to be children, according to End Child Prostitution, Abuse and Trafficking (ECPAT).

(Additional child trafficking statistics.)

Source:  Leif Coorlim, “Man goes undercover to combat child sex slavery,” CNN, February 9, 2010.

In 2006, official state documents in the US State of Louisiana shows that there were 35 confirmed cases of parents who were directly involved in the prostitution of their child.

Source:  Cheryl Mercedes, “Group claims B.R. has human trafficking problem,” WAFB News, February 5, 2010.

During the 2009 Super Bowl in Tampa between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals, Florida officials rescued 24 children who were working as prostitutes during the event.

(More child prostitution statistics.)

Source:  Carol Marbin and Jennifer Lebovich, “Volunteers hope to rescue child prostitutes during Super Bowl week,” Miami Herald, February 5, 2010.

More than 60 percent of children in orphanages in Nepal have living parents, according to a study.

The high level of children with parents demonstrated abuses within the system where many children were trafficked for illegal adoptions.

Source: “Nepal ‘should suspend’ adoptions,” BBC News, February 4, 2010.

In the years before the 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti, an estimated 2,000 children  were believed to be victims of child trafficking and taken out of the country each year.

(More crimes in Haiti statistics.)

Source:  Kathryn Westcott, “Protecting Haiti’s children from ‘cowboy adoptions’,” BBC News, February 1, 2010.

Every day, an estimated 200 girls enter the prostitution industry in India.  20 percent of the girls are under the age of 15.

Between 2000 to 2010, the average age of a girl entering the prostitution industry in India was between 10 to 14 years old.  In previous decades, the average age of entry into prostitution was between 14 to 16 years old.

Source: “‘India becoming hub for child prostitution’,” Times of India, January 30, 2010.