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.

The number of humans who are smuggled into the United States from China each year ranges from 10,000 to 50,000.


According to a study published by the National Institute of Justice (US), the median profit per client for a Chinese  human smuggler was $10,000.

(Prices charged by human smugglers for transport.)


Chinese Nationals were paying $41,800 to be smuggled from China into the United Kingdom before being arrested by authorities.



In 2007, the United States Coast Guard interdicted 3,197 Cuban migrants, compared to 2,293 in 2006.


According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, nearly 90 percent of all undocumented Cubans who enter the United States now come through Mexico rather then reaching the U.S. by boat. Migrants pay smugglers up to $10,000 to cross the Yucatan Channel into Mexico and then travel up to the U.S. Border.


Between 2000 and 2007, 40 Cuban baseball players were smuggled out of Cuba.

(What is sold on the black market?)


Human smugglers in Cuba charge between $8,000 to $10,000 to people attempting to be smuggled into the United States.


Every year since 2000, the United States Coast Guard has intercepted more than 1,400 people attempting to cross the Florida Straits to gain entry into the United States.


Citizens of North Korea attempting to be smuggled out of the country and into China pay human smugglers between $2,000 to $10,000.


An estimated 50,000 to 100,000 North Koreans are believed to be living in China.