Child Trafficking

Law enforcement services in the United Kingdom state that there are 92 organized crime groups operating in the country that are known to be involved in human trafficking.

On average, police in London handle about 100 cases of human trafficking each year, and about 300 children are trafficked.


Islamists in the Western African country of Mali are buying children to serve as child soldiers from families. They are paying families $600 per child, according to an official from the United Nations.

Men are also buying women to be brides at prices less than $1,000.

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Source:  “Mali Islamists ‘buying child soldiers, imposing Sharia’,” BBC News, October 10, 2012.

According to reports from India, every six minuets a child goes missing in the country.

Over 90,000 children are officially reported missing every year in India. A non-governmental organization estimates that up to 10 times that amount, or 900,000 children, fall victim to human trafficking in India each year.

A raid conducted by police found children as young as 6 working 10 hours a day and earning $4 a month.

Source:  Simon Denyer, “India slowly confronts epidemic of missing children,” Washington Post, September 22, 2012.


A three year investigation in human trafficking activity in the US state of Ohio found that out of 328 victims, 115 girls were trafficked before the age of 18. 12 percent of the minors were sold by human traffickers before they were 12 years old.

63 percent of the victims were run-aways.

According to the report, customers who paid for sex with these girls were “drug dealers, businessmen, police officers, lawyers, truckers, athletes and politicians”.  The men who have sex with the minors at homes, offices, bars and motels.

The men would pay between $10 to $150, depending on the services provided.

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Source:  Associated Press, “Report: Women recruit girls for Ohio sex trade,” San Francisco Chronicle, August 8, 2012.

According to the NGO End Child Prostitution in Kenya, in 2009 there were up to 50,000 children involved in the sex trade. Most of the customers of child prostitution were Kenyan nationals, as well as tourists from Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In 2012, child advocates reported that men were paying around $25 (2,000 Kenyan Shillings) to have sex with girls as young as 12.

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Source:  Naomi Conrad, “Fighting to save Kenya’s child prostitutes,” Deutsche Welle, July 31, 2012.

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Human trafficking experts in Thailand report that the age of the youngest girls in the prostitution industry in Thailand are between the ages of 11 to 15. Many of the girls enters the prostitution trade to make money for their families.

Victims of human trafficking who are forced to work in the sex trade are trafficked from Northern and Northeast Thailand, as well as from China and Laos.

Source:  “Thailand remains major centre for human trafficking,” Asia One, June 28, 2012.

According to the Speaker of the City Council, around 4,000 minors are victims of human trafficking in New York City each year. Many of the victims are trafficked into the city through the cities airports.

In 2011, there were 50 arrests for sex trafficking activities in the city.

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Source:  Vivian Yee, “City Plans to Target Cabdrivers Who Join in Sex Trafficking,” New York Times, June 12, 2012.

A leader of an Non-Governmental organization in Thailand who works with child trafficking victims estimates that there are around 1,000 children being forced to work as beggars and flower sellers across popular tourist destinations in Thailand.

In addition, the Chief Technical Adviser for the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia states that many children are sold or rented out to traffickers to make money. The typical price to rent out a child in Thailand is $25 a month.

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Source:  IRIN/Pak Kred, “Children trafficked to sell flowers and beg in Thailand,” Gulf Times, June 5, 2012.

During the time period of 2004 to 2012, the number of international adoptions of children from Africa increased nearly 400 percent. In total, the number of children who were adopted from countries in Africa by parents in other countries during the 8 years was over 41,000.

Over two thirds of the children in 2009 and 2010 came from Ethiopia.  There are over 70 adoption agencies in Ethiopia, with 15 agencies that only refer children to the United States. In 2010, parents in the United States adopted over 11,000 children from over 100 countries.

Reported prices paid to adoption agencies in Africa by parents is between $10,000 to $30,000.

Child experts report that many of the orphans adopted from Africa actually have at least one living parents and were taken by child traffickers or sold by their parents.

Source:  “Adoption from Africa: Concern over ‘dramatic rise’,” BBC News, May 29, 2012.

Between 16,000 to 25,000 girls and women are estimated to be working in the prostitution industry in the US City of Chicago. One third of these females enter the sex trade at the age of 15, and 62 percent became prostitutes before the age of 18. According to NGOs in the city, over 6,000 at-risk children are victims of human trafficking in Cook County each year.

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Source:  Daniel P. Smith, “Punishing the Perps: Sex Trafficking in Chicago,” Today’s Chicago Women, accessed on May 11, 2012.