Child Trafficking

According to the head of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit, 33 people are arrested on average for child trafficking activities in Los Angeles each year.

A human trafficker in the city can make up to $140,000 a year from the sexual activities of a single girl.

(Additional prices of human traffickers.)

Source:  Susan Abram, “Child sex trafficking in Los Angeles: ‘It happens way too often’,” Daily News Los Angeles, May 5, 2012.

In 2011, the United States Department of Justice officially handled 120 cases of human trafficking within the United States.

The US Attorney General, Eric Holder, reported that 40 percent of the human trafficking cases reported to the department involves children.

Source:  Carrie Johnson, “Holder Vows ‘Zero Tolerance’ To Human Trafficking,” NPR, April 25, 2012.

 

An estimated 40,000 to 70,000 children fall victim to human trafficking in Indonesia each year, according to EPCAT Indonesia.

30 percent of the women who are involved in prostitution in Indonesia are under the age of 18.

Source:  “INDONESIA: Missing children raise trafficking concerns,” IRIN, April 9, 2012.

In the U.S. State of Georgia, men were paying $600 to have sex with a 12 year old girl. The girl was being sold by a man who was baby sitting the girl while her mother was at work. The man filled the 12 year old girl with drugs and alcohol before having sex with her and selling her to other men.

An estimated 400 girls are sexually exploited in the state of Georgia each month.

(Additional child prostitution statistics.)

Source:  Rhonda Cook, “Man sentenced to more than 17 years for trafficking 12-year-old girl for sex,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 21, 2012.

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According to authorities in Malaysia, the price of a baby being sold on the black market is $6,588 (20,000 Malaysian Ringgit). The price of the baby depends of the skin tone and other physical attributes.

The age of the baby when it is sold on the black market is usually between one to three months. However, police have reported cases where the child was as old as 6 years old.

In 2010, police broke up a child trafficking ring where a 23 month old baby girl was being offered for sale for $3,120 (10,000 Malaysian Ringgit).

(Prices of human trafficking victims.)

Source:  “Black market for babies thrive due to high price and demand,” The Star, February 15, 2012.

An estimated 3,000 to 4,000 teenagers from Quebec are believed to have been victims of human trafficking, according to a Montreal based youth service agency.

The young women from Quebec can be reportedly sold in Ontario for $5,989 (6,000 Canadian Dollars).

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Source:  “Sex slaves trafficked from Montreal to Ontario,” Toronto Star, February 10, 2012.

UNICEF estimates that 64 million women between the ages of 20 to 24 were forced into a marriage or union before they were 18 years old.

In Afghanistan, despite laws stating that the marriageable age for females to be 16, over 60 percent of marriages in the country involve girls who are under that age.

Source:  Monsicha Hoonsuwan, “Afghanistan’s Opium Child Brides,” published in The Atlantic, written with grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, February 9, 2012.

Over 15,000 people are estimated to be working in the prostitution industry in Israel. Out of the total number of prostitutes, one-third, or 5,000 people, are believed to be minors.

Source:  Ruth Eglash, “Protests to call for criminalization of prostitution,” Jerusalem Post, February 3, 2012.

An Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent stated that between 2003 and 2011, over 1,900 children who were victims of sex trafficking were rescued by law enforcement in the United States.

Source:  Linda Trischitta, “South Florida a gateway for child sex trafficking,” South Florida Sun-Sentinel, February 2, 2012.

According to a book on sex crimes against children, the authors estimate that up to 2 million children are victims of commercial sex exploitation each year, with the number of victims in non-commercial sex even higher.

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Source: Natasha Korecki, “New book exposes world of sex crimes against children,” Chicago Sun-Times, December 17, 2011.