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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In the month of April 2012, authorities in Argentina rescued 176 people who were victims of human trafficking. The number of people rescued in the single month was higher then the total amount of victims rescued in the previous three months.

Human trafficking researchers state that the rise in human trafficking in Argentina is connected to the increase of drug trafficking in the country.

Source:  Guillermo Fontana, “South American bishops pledge to fight human trafficking,” CNN, May 30, 2012.

Law enforcement authorities in the US state of Tennessee found that there were over 4,000 victims of human trafficking in the state in 2011. Social workers in the state also reported finding more than 100 cases of minors being victims of sex trafficking.

The FBI has prosecuted over 30 people who were attempting to find prostitutes online.

Source:  “Police, clergy fight U.S. sex trafficking,” Tennessean, May 29, 2012.

In the Western Africa country of Mauritania, an estimated 10 to 20 percent of the population is enslaved. Based on their population of 3.4 million, up to 340,000 to 680,000 people are living as slaves in the country in 2012.

Mauritania was the last country in the world to abolish slavery in 1981. In 2007, the country enacted its first law making slavery a crime. Between 2007 and 2012, a total of one person was convicted of slavery.

Source:  John D. Sutter, “Slavery’s last stronghold,” CNN, March 2012.


A man was arrested in Thailand for smuggling the corpses of human infants. Police report that the corpses were to be used in black magic rituals in Taiwan. The human remains were purchased for $6,300 (4,000 British Pounds), and would have been sold for $36,000 on the black market in Taiwan.

The babies involved in this specific case were believed to have been aborted human fetuses and not brought to term.

Source:  “British citizen arrested in Thailand on suspicion of smuggling babies’ corpses,” Guardian, May 18, 2012.

Between 16,000 to 25,000 girls and women are estimated to be working in the prostitution industry in the US City of Chicago. One third of these females enter the sex trade at the age of 15, and 62 percent became prostitutes before the age of 18. According to NGOs in the city, over 6,000 at-risk children are victims of human trafficking in Cook County each year.

(More United States Security Threats.)

Source:  Daniel P. Smith, “Punishing the Perps: Sex Trafficking in Chicago,” Today’s Chicago Women, accessed on May 11, 2012.

According to the head of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit, 33 people are arrested on average for child trafficking activities in Los Angeles each year.

A human trafficker in the city can make up to $140,000 a year from the sexual activities of a single girl.

(Additional prices of human traffickers.)

Source:  Susan Abram, “Child sex trafficking in Los Angeles: ‘It happens way too often’,” Daily News Los Angeles, May 5, 2012.

The United Nations estimates that between 8,000 to 10,000 women from Nigeria are trafficked into the prostitution industry in Italy every year.

The Nigerian women are forced to have sex with customers at prices at low as $13 per transaction. In order to quit being a prostitute, women are forced to repay their pimps between $40,000 to $78,000.

(More human trafficking prices of victims.)

Source:  Jill Craig, “Nigerians Become Most Trafficked Into Italy’s Sex Trade,” Voice of America, May 4, 2012.

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The National Police force of Ireland investigated 53 cases of human trafficking in 2011 that involved 57 people.

37 cases were for sex trafficking that involved 7 children.

84 percent of all victims involved in the human trafficking cases were women.

Source:  Pamela Duncan, “A quarter of 2011 trafficking cases involved minors,” Irish Times, May 2, 2012.

The Salvation Army reported that 41 percent of the human trafficking victims it assisted in the United Kingdom was male.

Out of all human trafficking victims, the organization found that 45 percent was involved in sex trafficking, 43 percent was in labor trafficking, and 8 percent were trafficked into domestic work.

Source:  David Batty, “Two-fifths of UK trafficking victims are male, survey reveals,” Guardian, April 25, 2012.

In 2011, the United States Department of Justice officially handled 120 cases of human trafficking within the United States.

The US Attorney General, Eric Holder, reported that 40 percent of the human trafficking cases reported to the department involves children.

Source:  Carrie Johnson, “Holder Vows ‘Zero Tolerance’ To Human Trafficking,” NPR, April 25, 2012.