Child Trafficking

Security service personnel in Nigeria found a baby selling industry where new born babies are taken from their mothers and sold on the black market. In one such clinic, most of the mothers were unmarried and had unplanned pregnancies and were either persuaded or voluntarily sold their baby.

The mother would receive $200 for her baby when sold to the broker, who may also serve as the midwife. The broker then sells the baby to another party for $1,500. Although there are rumors that the babies are sold to witchdoctors for occult rituals, security forces say that most of the babies are sold to couples who cannot conceive a child.

According to the United Nations, human trafficking is the third largest crime in Nigeria behind fraud and drug trafficking.

Source:  AFP, “Nigerian ‘baby factories’ bring profits and pain,” Google News, September 8, 2013.

According to data from 24 states in India, 58 percent of missing children in 2013 have not been found. 15,130 children have been reported missing, with 6,269 children being found.

The percentage of missing children who have not been found have been increasing in India over the last several years. In 2010, 30 percent of missing children have been untraceable. That number increased to 37 percent in 2011, and 41.5 percent in 2012.

Security officials in India believe that child traffickers are behind the kidnapping. Data shows that more girls are disappearing than boys, In the first 7 months of 2013, 63 percent of missing children who disappeared were girls.

In the capital of Delhi, there have been 2,887 children who were reported missing in the first 7 months of 2013. 832 children have been found and reunited with their families.

Source:  Chetan Chauhan, “One of 2 missing kids lost forever, trafficking on rise,” Hindustan Times, September 2, 2013.

The Secretary General of the Permanent Committee to combat Human Trafficking in Saudi Arabia reported that an organized begging ring can collect up to $15,000 in money per month.

Many women and children are forced to work as beggars in Saudi Arabia due to the amount of money that is collected. In addition to begging, the human trafficking victims are forced to distribute illegal drugs and pornographic movies on the black market in Saudi Arabia.

(Earnings of illegal activity and other under the table income.)

Source:  “An organized crime? Begging in Saudi Arabia,” Al Arabiya, August 19, 2013.


The Forced Marriage Unit in the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office investigates up to 1,500 cases a year.

Nearly half of the cases of forced marriage investigated involve marriages with individuals in Pakistan. 11 percent of the cases involve Bangladesh, and 8 percent involve India. The remaining cases are spread out to over 50 different countries.

The unit reported that the youngest victim that they have come across who was forced into marriage was two years old.

Source:  Andy McSmith, “Girls escape forced marriage by concealing spoons in clothing to set off metal detectors at the airport,” Independent, August 15, 2013.

Authorities in the US City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin reported that 77 child sex trafficking victims were identified in the city between August 2010 to August 2012.

92 percent of the victims were female, and 78 percent were black.

Nearly 70 percent of the minors were reported to city police as missing at least once.

(More statistics about child trafficking.)

Source:  Ashley Luthern, “77 youths sexually exploited in Milwaukee over two years, report says,” Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, August  5, 2013.

According to the US Attorney’s Office, 469 children were documented as victims of child sex trafficking in Portland, Oregon between 2009 and 2013.

(More human trafficking statistics.)

Source:  “Study: Portland a hub for child sex trafficking,”, August 5, 2013.


The President of the Nepal Youth Foundation estimates that as of June 2013, there are around 500 girls who are trapped as indentured servants in Nepal.

The organization reported that they have rescued 12.500 girls from what is called kamlari in the country.

Source:  Rob Verger, “Protecting Nepal’s Vulnerable Girls,” Daily Beast, June 12, 2013.

According to the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW),  there are an estimated 51 million girls under the age of 18 who are married worldwide.

In addition to the minors who are already married, the ICRW estimates that an underage girl gets married every three seconds, or 10 million child marriages during the year.

In countries such as Pakistan, there is an illegal custom called Swara where young girls are forcibly married off to settle family and tribal disputes. According to figures collected by activists, at least 180 cases of young girls being forced into marriage occur. An article by Foreign Policy magazine reported on a 5 year old girl who was married off to an older man as compensation.

70 percent of girls in Pakistan are married before they reach the age of 16, according to UNICEF.

Source:  Adriana Carranca, “Malala’s Forgotten Sisters,” Foreign Policy, July 12, 2013.

A charity in Thailand states that children from Cambodia are sold to human traffickers for $300 and end up working in Pattaya, Thailand.

According to a report in the BBC, Pattay is  “A sleazy tourist town on the Gulf of Thailand, it has become infamous as a sordid magnet for trafficked children and paedophiles.”

(More prices of human trafficking victims.)

Source:  Jonah Fisher, “A Thai family’s desperate search for their missing daughter,” BBC News, June 17, 2013.

Between 1994 and 2012, police in the City of Las Vegas, Nevada identified and rescued 2,229 minors who were working in the sex trade.

According to police data, the youngest victim of sex trafficking was 13. The average age of the teenage girls working as prostitutes was 16.

Source:  John L. Smith, “Teenage prostitutes part of Vegas vice,” Las Vegas Review-Journal, Column, June 16, 2013.