Human Trafficking Statistics

Human trafficking statistics and information. Facts about human trafficking are collected from various public information sources, such as security agencies, criminal justice programs, research organizations and news stories.

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Chinese men were willing to pay up to $5,700 (120 Million Vietnamese Dong) for Vietnamese women to be their brides, according to court documents. A human trafficking ring sold 20 Vietnamese women who were then trafficked into China.

The human trafficking activities between Vietnam and China has increased in recent years. Between 2009 and 2013, security officers in China rescued over 1,800 Vietnamese women and 41 Vietnamese children who were trafficked into China.

Within Vietnam, security services have broken up over 3,000 human trafficking attempts along the Vietnam-China border between 2003 and 2013.

In 2012, police in Vietnam rescued around 1,200 human trafficking victims.

(More human trafficking prices.)

Source:  “Vietnam jails Chinese national, locals for human trafficking ,” Thanh Nien Daily, June 17, 2013.

According to a study by the International Labor Organization, there are between 12,000 to 15,000 women who fall victim to human trafficking in Nepal each year.

Out of the total estimated number of victims, no more than 180 cases of human trafficking is reported in the country each year.

It was previously reported that human traffickers were selling Nepali women in Mumbai for $975.

(Price of human traffickers worldwide.)

Source:  Sue-Lin Wong, “From Nepal, a Push to End Human Trafficking,” New York Times, IHT Rendezvous, June 18, 2013.

The Argentine Prostitutes’ Association reports that 87 percent of sex workers in the country are single mothers.

Although prostitution is legal in Argentina, illegal brothels using human trafficking victims are reported in the country. In 2012, an anti-trafficking NGO assisted authorities in closing down 140 illegal brothels in Buenos Aires.

(Additional prostitution statistics here.)

Source:  Robert Radu, “Argentina’s prostitutes – mothers first, sex workers second,” Guardian, June 17, 2013.


Police stationed at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal handled 43 cases of human trafficking between September 2012 to May 2013.

The traffickers have been using tourist visas to send women to countries such as Tanzania, Iraq, India and various countries in the Gulf.

(More security issues in Nepal.)

Source:  “Human trafficking continues unabated,” Himalayan Times, June 13, 2013.

Authorities in Britain identified 36 victims of human trafficking in September 2011.

In the month of February 2013, authorities in Britain identified 83 victims.

As the number of victims are identified, the number of convictions of human traffickers has declined in Britain. In 2011, authorities convicted 8 people for human trafficking crimes during the year. In 2010, a reported 16 traffickers were convicted, and 24 human traffickers were convicted in 2008.

(More security threats in the United Kingdom.)

Source:  Emily Dugan, “Exclusive: UK is warned it is losing fight against modern slavery,” Independent, June 11, 2013.

Between 2005 and 2013, the Government of Sierra Leone convicted 22 people for human trafficking crimes in the country. Some of the sentences handed out to the traffickers were for 22 years.

In its 2012 report on human trafficking, the United States Department of State wrote that the Government of Sierra Leone was not fulling its anti-trafficking responsibilities.

NGOs in the country believe that the 2,500 estimated children who live on the streets of the capital are at high-risk of being victims of human trafficking.

Source:  Tommy Trenchard, “Sierra Leone’s Child Trafficking to Blame for Street Kids,” AllAfrica, June 7, 2013.

The Government of Serbia reported prosecuting 36 human trafficking cases in 2011. The criminal cases involved 27 cases of sex trafficking and 9 cases of labor trafficking. The cases involved 68 suspected human traffickers.

The number of prosecutions in 2011 was down from the 47 human trafficking cases in 2010 involving 99 suspected traffickers in 2010.

(More human trafficking statistics.)

Source:  “TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS REPORT, 2012, SERBIA,” US Embassy, Serbia, Accessed May 31, 2013.

Financial experts estimate that up to $17 Billion of money from drug trafficking, arms trafficking and human trafficking in Colombia is laundered each year. The amount of money laundering that takes place in Colombia is over 5 percent of the country’s GDP.

Out of the total amount laundered in the country, an estimated $8.8 Billion is proceeds from Colombia’s illegal drug trade.

In 2012, federal security officials seized $128 Million worth of black market products, less than 10 percent of the total illicit trade.

In an example of how the money is laundered, authorities stated that one way is through fake gold sales. Colombia produces 15 tons of gold each  year, but the amount of gold that is exported from the country is reported to be 70 tons. The bulk of the higher reported gold sales is believed to be fictitious sales.

(More examples of money laundering.)

Source:  Helen Murphy and Nelson Bocanegra, “Money laundering distorts Colombia’s economic comeback,” Reuters, May 28, 2013.

The United States Department of State has stated on numerous occasions that there are an estimated 27 million people around the world who are victims of human trafficking.

Tom Ragan of the Las Vegas Review-Journal attempted to trace back the original source of this figure. When talking to the US State Department, a spokeswoman stated that she could not verify the credibility of the number.

Ragan was able to determine that the 27 million figure was originally published by Kevin Bales of the University of Hull in Brighton, England. Professor Bales describes himself as “Anti-Slavery” professor and helped found Free the Slaves, an anti-trafficking organization in Washington, DC.

The research to determine the figure was conducted in 1999 by “a half-dozen students from London’s Roehampton University who placed thousands of calls, sent out thousands of emails and visited dozens of governments in different countries, although when pressed, he could not name the countries.”

This is not the first time that the anti-human trafficking industry has been called into questions for using bad data. Previously, many organizations were stating that 100,000 to 300,000 children were falling into sex trafficking each year. When the original source was investigated, it was determined to be false.

In addition, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report stating that the manner in which human trafficking estimates are used are “questionable.”

Source:  Tom Ragan, “Human-trafficking problem is difficult to measure,” Las Vegas Review Journal, May 26, 2013.

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested over 950 people for human trafficking crimes in 2012. The agency also rescued around 300 human trafficking victims and assisted in over 380 successful convictions of human traffickers. Back in 2010, the agency assisted in 144 human trafficking convictions.

Source:  AFP, “US seeking to stamp out ‘evil’ of human trafficking,” Google News, May 17, 2013.