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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Due to the one-child policy in China and a cultural preference for boys, there is an illegal industry of providing ultrasounds and abortions to women once it is determined that the unborn child is a female.

It is illegal in China to have an ultrasound in order to determine the gender of the baby. However, black market operators offer ultrasounds for $128-$193 (800 to 1,200 Yuan). If the parents wish to have an abortion, the cost of the procedure in China is $611 (3,800 Yuan).

(More prices of illegal goods on the black market.)

In addition to abortions, there are between 400 to 500 surrogacy clinics in China where customers pay in order conceive a child. In-vitro fertilization procedures are illegal in China as most customers due to procedure to conceive a boy.  A recent clinic that was registered as a cosmetics company was providing in-vitro fertilization for $161,000 (1 Million Yuan) for a successful birth. If the customers wanted a guarantee that they would receive a boy, then they would have to pay an additional $32,186 (200,000 Yuan).

The abortions of girls has lead to a ration of 118 boys for every 100 girls in China.

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Source:  Gwynn Guilford, “Crackdowns show how China’s one-child policy keeps the black-market boy business churning,” Quartz, March 26, 2013.

According to a report by the Associated Press, in 2013 there were 100,000 children living in orphanages in Cambodia.

An anti-trafficking organization in the country estimates that up to 70 percent of the orphans have at least one parent living.

Source:  Associated Press, “Cambodia shuts foreign-run orphanage accused of beating children, human trafficking,” Washington Post, March 25, 2013.

Recruitment agents who work for human trafficking groups in Northern Bangladesh earn various fees for finding girls.

If an agent finds a girl who is “certified as ‘fit'” and is determined to be good-looking enough to work as a prostitute in India, then the agent receives a payment of $1,456 to $1,821 (80,000 to 100,000 Indian Rupees).

If a trafficking agent finds someone to work as a domestic help or as a laborer, then the agent receives a payment of $273.

(More traffickers prices here.)

Source:  Sumati Yengkhom, “Trafficking of tribal girls: ‘Agents’ make big bucks, thrive on easy prey,” Times of India, March 4, 2013.


Official city records in Amsterdam show that there are between 6,000 to 8,000 prostitutes working in the city.

Anti-human trafficking organizations estimate that up to 10 percent of the women are victims of human trafficking and exploitation.

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Source:  Cecelia Rodriguez, “Reforming Prostitution in Amsterdam Includes a Business Plan and Business Hours,” Forbes, March 1, 2013.

An estimated 35,000 to 50,000 children in Tehran, Iran are forced to work as beggars on the street or in sweat shops.

(More child trafficking statistics.)

Source:  Cesar Chelala, “Afghanistan’s legacy of child opium addiction,” Japan Times, Opinion, March 1, 2013.

Human traffickers were bringing illegal immigrants from Haiti into Chile. In the process of smuggling in the immigrants, the traffickers attempted to pay border officials $400 per immigrants in bribes. The border patrol officials instead started an undercover operations to break up the ring.

Court documents state that the traffickers were selling immigrants in Chile for $1,000.

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Source:  Charlotte Karrlsson-Willis, “Chilean authorities thwart human trafficking operation,” Santiago Times, February 22, 2013.

Police in Romania broke up a human-egg trafficking ring in February 2013. The traffickers would pay Romanian women between $800 to $1,100 (€600 to €800 Euros) for their eggs, and then sell it to couples in Israel for $5,339 (€4,000).

Source:  AFP, “Romania busts Israeli human egg-trafficking ring,” Google News, February 19, 2013.

A report released in 2013 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime offered a breakdown of victims of human trafficking activities worldwide.

Trafficking victims have been rescued in 118 countries and represent 136 different nationalities, according to the UNODC.

Sex trafficking accounts for 58 percent of all human trafficking cases that are investigated around the world. Labor trafficking accounts for 36 percent of the cases.

Women account for 55 to 60 percent of the victims, and women and girls account for 75 percent of trafficking victims.

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Children account for 27 percent of victims during the 2007 to 2010 time period,  up from 20 percent between 2003-2006. Two out of every three child trafficking victims were girls.

In total, there are an estimated 20.9 million people around the world who are victims of human trafficking.

Source:  Associated Press, “UN Says Human Trafficking Found in 118 Countries,” ABC News, February 13, 2013.

The National Police Agency reported that 27 human trafficking victims were found in the country in 2012. The number of victims found increased by 2 from 2011.

11 of the trafficking victims were women from Japan, up from the 4 Japanese women rescued in 2011.

A total of 44 cases was detected by police across Japan during the year. In 2011, police investigated 25 cases.

Source:  “Japanese human trafficking victims up,” Daily Yomiuri, February 8, 2013.

In 2012, anti-trafficking groups in Latvia rescued 30 human trafficking victims across the country. 25 victims were women and 5 were men, according to statistics.

16 of the trafficking victims were involved in forced marriages, 7 were victims of forced labor, and 7 were victims of sexual exploitations.

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Source:  “30 trafficking victims registered in Latvia in 2012,” Baltic Course, February 4, 2013.