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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The Labor Ministry in Brazil reported that 2,849 victims of human trafficking were rescued within the country in 2012.

The highest number of victims were rescued in the state of Para, where 563 people were rescued. 150 of those in Para were labor trafficking victims working for an iron producer.

(Additional human trafficking facts.)

Source:  Miriam Wells, “Brazil Frees Nearly 3,000 Slaves,” Insight Crime, May 14, 2013.

Security services in Indonesia broke up a “baby farm” where mothers were being paid between $160 to $250 (1.6 Million and 2.5 Million Indonesian Rupiah) for their babies.

The baby traffickers would search for babies through maternity wards and look for unmarried or poor mothers and offer to purchase the baby. Once the group checked on the health status of the baby, they would then obtain birth certificates and other documents from corrupt officials.

Between November and December 2012, police state that up to 12 babies were bought and sold.

Police also believe that many of the babies are sold abroad for international adoption agencies. Police discovered one baby with a legitimate passport and a $500 ticket in its name to Singapore.

(Additional trafficker prices.)

Source:  Michael Bachelard, “Thousands of babies sold on Indonesian black market,” Sydney Morning Herald, May 11, 2013.

A threat assessment published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported that there are 275 human trafficking victims in Cambodia and 3,750 victims of trafficking in Thailand each year. Each human trafficking victim generates up to $45,000 in gross revenue for the human trafficker, creating a market of $181 Million a  year.

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Source: “Transnational Organized Crime in East Asia and the Pacific: A Threat Assessment,” UNODC, April 2013, Executive Summary, page iv.


The Refugees Consortium of Kenya reported that at least 50 girls between the age of 10 to 15 are sold in the major cities of Kenya every week.

The human traffickers generate an estimated $40 Million a year from the selling of young girls.

The International Organization of Migration says that up to 20,000 people from Somalia and Ethiopia are smuggled into Kenya each year and their way to South Africa.

Source:  “Poverty fuels human trafficking in Kenya,” Sunday Nation, April 27, 2013.

According to the Office of Rescue and Support of Victims of Trafficking, 4,602 victims of human trafficking were rescued by the criminal justice system in Argentina between 2008 and April 2013.

1,568 victims were rescued in 2012, with 48 percent of the victims being sexually exploited. 54 percent of the victims were originally from foreign countries, and 13 percent of the victims in 2012 were under the age of 18.

The number of victims rescued in 2012 was  257 percent higher than the 439 victims rescued in 2009.

(Revenue and profits of traffickers.)

Source:  “Argentina: 4,602 human-trafficking victims rescued since 2008,” Infosurhoy, April 26, 2013.

A report by the European Commission stated that the number of identified and presumed victims of human trafficking with the EU in 2010 was 9,528 people.

24 out of the 27 EU member states officially identified 5,535 victims of human trafficking in 2010.

Between 2008 to 2010, the number of victims in the EU is estimated to have increased by 18 percent. During the three year period, 15 percent of all victims were children.

Around 62 percent of all victims were trafficked for sexual services.

(Latest statistics on prostitution.)

Source:  “Trafficking in human beings,” 2013 edition, eurostat, European Commission, April 2013, page 9.

The United States Department of State found that hundreds of underage girls in Egypt enter temporary marriages with wealthy tourists in return for monetary payments to their families.

These marriages, called “Summer Marriages,” are not legally binding.

The wealthy men, usually from Saudi Arabia, pay the families between $500 to $5,000 as a type of dowry for the bride. After the summer is over, the girl returns to her family.

These arrangements are often organized by marriage brokers or the girl’s parents.

Source:  Milena Veselinovic, “Scandal of ‘summer brides’,” Independent, July 15, 2012.

83 percent of the confirmed human trafficking incidents in the United States between 2008 to 2010 were identified as US citizens.

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Source:  Alison MacDonald, “Human Trafficking: Not just an international problem,” MSNBC, April 5, 2013.

In 2012, there were 34 officially reported cases of human trafficking in Wales.

Wales was the first country in the United Kingdom to appoint an anti-human trafficking coordinator back in 2011.

(Costs and revenue of human traffickers around the world).

Source:  “Human trafficking: Co-ordinator role ‘needs more teeth’,” BBC News, April 5, 2013.

Prosecutors in Sweden convicted 2 people for human trafficking in 2011. An additional 11 people were convicted for pimping that was connected to the trafficking charges. During the year, 450 men were convicted and fined for buying sex.

In 2012, there were 3 convictions for human trafficking and 32 for pimping.

Source:  Joan Smith, “Why the game’s up for Sweden’s sex trade,” Independent, March 26, 2013.