Child Trafficking

255 children were referred to the criminal justice system as victims of child sex trafficking between June 2009 and July 2011 in the U.S. State of Atlanta, Georgia.

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 Source: Andria Simmons, “Human trafficking summit explores darker side,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 1, 2011.

Between 300,000 to 400,000 women from the Philippines fall victim to human trafficking at any given time, according to government estimates. Children who are trafficked number between 60,0000 to 100,000.

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Source: Xinhua, “Aquino vows to end human trafficking,” Phil Star, July 30, 2011.

Between 2009 and July 2011, the criminal justice system in China handled over 39,000 cases of human trafficking .  The cases involved over 14,000 women and over 8,700 children, according to state media.

Source: “Hundreds Arrested in Chinese Human Trafficking Probes,” Voice of America, July 27, 2011.


Police in the U.S. city of Seattle, Washington found 81 minors who were involved in prostitution in 2010. The number of minors found has risen each year, with 40 minors identified as prostitutes in 2009, 30 in 2008, and 20 in 2007.

It has been previously reported that there are between 300 to 500 child prostitutes working in Seattle.

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 Source: Sarah Jean Green, “The Weekly, its parent company face backlash over Online sex ads that exploit teens,” Seattle Times, July 23, 2011.

According to the National Referral Mechanism in the United Kingdom, 1,254 cases of potential human trafficking victims were identified in the country between April 2009 and December 2010. Children were involved in 322 of the human trafficking cases.

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Source: “Human trafficking strategy targets foreign networks,” BBC News, July 19, 2011.

An estimated 35,000 children are forced into the prostitution industry in Colombia each year.

Source: AFP, “Prostitutes in Colombia unite against child abuse,” Times of India, June 27, 2011.

Up to 10 children are sold each day to traffickers in Nigeria, according to the United Nations.

Depending on the sex of the baby, babies are sold for up to $6,400.

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Source: David Smith, “Nigerian ‘baby farm’ raided – 32 pregnant girls rescued,” Guardian, June 2, 2011.

According to members of the British Parliament, child trafficking victims in the United Kingdom are being sold for $25,000 (£16,000) by human traffickers.

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Source: “Trafficked children ‘sold in UK for £16,000’,” BBC News, May 18, 2011.

In a country in China, government officials paid families $155 for children who were turned over to the welfare agency under the guise of the one child policy.

The agency then received $3,000 per child when the child was put up for adoption in the international adoption market.

Source: AFP, “China probes child trafficking, adoption link,” Google News, May 11, 2011.

Children in Haiti were being sold for as little as one euro in 2011 by parents to child traffickers.

Source: “Children in Haiti sold for as little as one euro,” Herald Sun, February 22, 2011.