Child Trafficking

Between 5,00 to 7,000 girls from Nepal are trafficked into India each year in order to work as prostitutes.

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

According to the Chinese Government, between 30,000 to 60,000 children go missing each year.

Most of them are believed to have been kidnapped by child trafficking rings and sold to orphanages who sell them to Western Families for adoption.

(More China crime statistics and intelligence.)

Source:  Barbara Demick, “A family in China made babies their business,” Los Angeles Times, January 24, 2010.

From A Crime So Monstrous by E. Benjamin Skinner:

The market price for the guns was greater than the price for the children themselves. In 1986, an AK-47 cost ten cows, or about $1,000. By 2001, a glut of guns (and dearth of cows) shrank the cost to two cows, or about $86 along the Sudan-Uganda border. The child market was more volatile. In early 1987, after al-Mahdi began his counterinsurgency, a Dinka boy cost $90. By 1990, as supply swelled, the price fell to $15. At the time of my visit, CSI had agreed to pay $33 per slave.

Source: E Benjamin Skinner, A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery, (New York: Free Press,2008), page 82.


The prostitution industry in the US City of Seattle has an estimated 300 to 500 child prostitutes working the streets.

Source:  Levi Pulkkinen, “Child prostitution out of shadows in Seattle,” Seattle Post Intelligencer, January 12, 2010.

Human trafficking rescues in China led to police rescuing 3,455 children and 7,365 women between April and December 2009.

In the process, police broke up 1,684 criminal gangs involved in human trafficking.

(Latest stories and articles on human trafficking.)

Source: “Chinese police free 10,820 trafficked women, children in nearly nine months,” Xinhua, January 8, 2010.

At least 400 families across the United Kingdom has a child who was the victim of human sex trafficking between 2004 to 2009.

Source: “Girl, 11, endured ‘horrific’ sex trafficking ordeal,” BBC News, December 9, 2009.

According to a report by Save the Children, 4 out of 5 children living in an orphanage around the world has a living parent. The report states that some organizations trick or force the parents to give up their child, leading to risks of trafficking and abuse.

Source:  “Most ‘orphans’ have a living parent, says charity,” BBC News, November 24, 2009.

Human trafficking of children in China leads to the average price of boys who are sold on the black market to be $6,100. Girls are sold on the black market by traffickers for around $500.

The children are primarily sold to childless couples.

(See the latest human trafficking statistics here.)

Source:  “China parents lynch book salesman,” BBC News, October 27, 2009.

An estimated 250,000 people are victims of human trafficking in Europe each year.

Around 10 percent of the total victims, or 25,000, are victims of child trafficking.

(Latest human trafficking statistics and facts.)

Source:  UNODC, “Trafficking in Person; Analysis on Europe,” Vienna, 2009, page 8, and UNODC, “”Lives are for sale in Europe”, warns UNODC,” October 16, 2009.

According to UNICEF, one third of all child brides are from India.

In 2007, nearly 25 million women in India were married by the time they reached age 18.

Source:  Rina Chandran, “One-third of world’s child brides from India: UNICEF,” Reuters, October 6, 2009.