Child Trafficking

In 2008, an FBI investigation found over 2,800 child prostitution ads on Craigslist.

Source: AFP, “Sheriff: Craigslist ‘largest source of prostitution’ in US,” Google News, March 5, 2009.

According to UNICEF, between 1,000 to 1,500 Guatemalan babies are trafficked each year for adoptions by couples in North America and Europe.

(Prices paid by human traffickers worldwide.)

Source: UNICEF, “Child protection from violence, exploitation and abuse: Child Trafficking,” Page updated: March 12, 2007. Accessed: August 26, 2009.

Between 30 to 35 percent of all sex workers in the Mekong sub-region of Southeast Asia are teenagers between 12 and 17 year old.

(More human trafficking statistics.)

Source: UNICEF, “Child protection from violence, exploitation and abuse: Child Trafficking,” Page updated: March 12, 2007. Accessed: August 26, 2009.

UNICEF reported that more than 16,000 children are engaged in prostitution in Mexico, with the largest number of minors working in tourist areas.

(More child trafficking statistics here.)

Source: UNICEF, “Child protection from violence, exploitation and abuse: Child Trafficking,” Page updated March 12, 2007. Accessed: August 26, 2009.

According to state media, between 30,000 to 60,000 children are reported missing in China every year.

Source: Chen Jia in Beijing and Li Yingqing, “Lessons to avoid human trafficking,” China Daily, August 20, 2009.

A new research study stated that up to one fifth of Britons could be indirectly supporting child trafficking based on their purchases of goods on the black market.

The survey by ECPAT stated that people purchasing pirated DVDs,  marijuana, prostitutes and giving money to child beggars could be funding operations that are trafficking children.

The United Kingdom is a key transit hub for the trafficking of children.  Children from 52 different countries are victims of child trafficking.

Source: Robert Booth, “Fifth of Britons unknowingly aid child trafficking, according to survey,” Guardian, August 14, 2009.

Human trafficking forces up to 250,000 women and girls to work in the prostitution industry within Southeast Asia.

Several key findings of the report “Sex trafficking and STI/HIV in Southeast Asia: Connections between sexual exploitation, violence and sexual risk”:

  • Girls in Indonesia and Cambodia were given drugs and alcohol to keep them dependent to their traffickers.
  • 73 percent of victims rescued in Cambodia tested positive for sexually transmitted infections.
  • Nearly 20 percent of women who were trafficking victims for longer than a year had contacted HIV.
  • Many of the girls who are trafficked are between 12 to 16 years old.

Source: Tan Ee Lyn, “Trafficked women face high HIV infection risk – study,” Reuters, August 12, 2009.

Over a course of four months, 1,352 children and over 2,000 women were rescued from human traffickers in China, according to authorities.

824 suspected human traffickers were arrested during this period.

(More human trafficking statistics.)

Source:  AFP, “China rescues 3,400 trafficked women,” Sydney Morning Herald, August 11, 2009.

Children who are forced to work as beggars in organized rings are able to earn their traffickers up to $167 a day in Russia.

Source:  “Human Trafficking in the Russian Federation: Inventory and Analysis of the current situation and responses,” UN/IOM Working Group on Trafficking gin Human Beings, Moscow 2006. Page 50.

Between 300,000 to 500,000 women fall victim to human trafficking in the Philippines to supply the prostitution industry.

30 percent of the women who are trafficked are believed to be minors.

(More human trafficking statistics.)

Source:  Jean Enriquez, “The Demand Side of Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation in the Philippines: Focus on the Role of Korean Men,” October 2007.