Human Smuggling

Information and statistics about human smuggling and illegal transportion of migrants worldwide. Data about the routes, prices and journey are collected from intelligence agencies, security reports and other public information sources.

Human smuggling from Somalia to the United States costs migrants $10,000, according to refugees.

Source: Randy Furst and Allie Shah, “Somalis turn to smugglers to flee,” Minnesota Star Tribune, January 5, 2011.

Due to increased competition in the human smuggling market, in 2010 the price paid by Iraqis wishing to be smuggled into Australia was between $988 (1,000 Australian Dollars) to $1977 (2,000 Australian Dollars).

In previous years when there were not as many human smugglers, the price paid by migrants was $10,000.

Source: Natalie O’Brien, “Smugglers blatantly tout in Iraq,” Sydney Morning Herald, December 19, 2010.

The human smuggling market brought in up to half of all refugees entering Canada.

Source: Doug Sanders, “Don’t outlaw human smugglers – drive them out of business,” Globe and Mail, December 4, 2010.


Human smugglers bring in an estimated 2,600 prostitutes into the United Kingdom each year.

Half of the prostitutes are believed to have originated from China.

Source: Nigel Morris, “China and Britain agree action on sex trafficking,” Independent, November 11, 2010.

According to court documents, Mexican human smugglers paid bribes to US Border Patrol Agent between $10,000 to $20,000 for each vehicle that was filled will illegal immigrants and waived through his checkpoint in San Diego.

(Additional examples of police corruption.)

Source: Associated Press, “San Diego Border Inspector Charged With Bribery,” NPR, October 16, 2010.

The human smuggling market charges a migrant traveling from India into the United Kingdom $277,000 (200,000 Euros). The human smuggling route is from India through Moscow and Italy to a holding state in Brussels until the final journey into the UK.

Source: Nick Meo, “The new route of human smuggling misery,” Telegraph, October 9, 2010.

Human smuggling from Cuba to the United States through Mexico costs up to $10,000 per person. The route is usually by boat into Mexico and then across the US-Mexico border.

An estimated 10,000 Cubans are smuggled into Mexico each year on their way to the United States.

Source: Arthur Brice, “Cuban migrants held for ransom in Mexico rescued, government says,” CNN, September 1, 2010.

Between September 2008 and February 2009, an estimated 10,000 migrants who were attempting to cross the border into the United States were kidnapped and held for ransom by human smugglers.

Source: Sara Miller Llana, “Mexico mass grave highlights abuse of migrants heading to US,” Christian Science Monitor, August 26, 2010.

Human smuggling by boat into the United States from Mexico costs $5,000. Boat smuggling has seen more customers due to the increase in security on the land border.

Source: AP, “Migrants turn to the sea to enter US illegally,” Google News, August 26, 2010.

Human smuggling by boat lead to 753 migrants attempting to enter the United States by sea being  caught in Fiscal Year 2010.

During Fiscal Year 2009, 400 migrants were caught being smuggled by boat. In 2007, 230 migrants were apprehended.

Source: AP, “Migrants turn to the sea to enter US illegally,” Google News, August 26, 2010.