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 Attorney General for the state of Indiana reported that there were 68 prostitution arrests during Super Bowl 2012 in Indianapolis. Police also rescued two human trafficking victims during the weeks surrounding the Super Bowl.

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Source:  Barb Berggoetz, “Super Bowl 2012: Volunteers played ‘key role’ in deterring human sex trafficking,” Indianapolis Star, March 12, 2012.

Between 2004 and the start of 2012, authorities in Australia conducted 320 investigations into human trafficking activities within the country. Out of those investigations, 187 human trafficking victims were rescued.

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Source:  David Weber, “AFP seeks to raise awareness of human trafficking,” ABC News (Australia), March 12, 2012.

Between September 1, 2011 and January 1, 2012, prosecutors in the U.S. State of Texas filled 1,579 charges of prostitution and 5 charges of human trafficking across the state.

In the state capital of Austin, there were 181 prostitution arrests.

Source: Jazmine Ulloa, “State lacking data on human trafficking, officials say,” Austin American-Statesman, March 11, 2012.

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Police in China reported rescuing 8,660 children and 15,458 women from human trafficking activities in 2011.

3,200 human trafficking gangs were broken up by police in 2011.

In addition, Chinese police reported that over 2,000 children were abducted and sold for adoption during the year.

Source:  AFP, “China frees 24,000 abducted women, kids in 2011,” Google News, March 11, 2012.

Women and girls are reportedly being sold by human traffickers in Mozambique for as little as $2 to as high as $1,000.

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Source:  Brent Swails, “Trafficking in Mozambique: ‘Every minute was the worst’,” CNN, The Freedom Project, February 20, 2012.

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Between 2007 and the start of 2012, there were around 45,000 calls to a human trafficking tip line managed by the Polaris Project in Washington, D.C.  Out of the number of calls, around 11,000 calls were either directly from victims of others who called to report suspected human trafficking activities. Over 2,000 cases were eventually forwarded to law enforcement agencies.

Source:  Associated Press, “Lincoln’s Cottage in DC tackles modern slavery,” Google News, February 17, 2012.

According to authorities in Malaysia, the price of a baby being sold on the black market is $6,588 (20,000 Malaysian Ringgit). The price of the baby depends of the skin tone and other physical attributes.

The age of the baby when it is sold on the black market is usually between one to three months. However, police have reported cases where the child was as old as 6 years old.

In 2010, police broke up a child trafficking ring where a 23 month old baby girl was being offered for sale for $3,120 (10,000 Malaysian Ringgit).

(Prices of human trafficking victims.)

Source:  “Black market for babies thrive due to high price and demand,” The Star, February 15, 2012.

At the beginning of 2012, at least 600 girls from Uganda have been trafficked into Malaysia and forced to work in the prostitution industry.

In 2008, an estimated 30 girls from Uganda were trafficked into Malaysia.

Source:  Philippa Croome, “600 Ugandan girls victims of human trafficking in Malaysia,” Daily Monitor, February 15, 2012.

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 172 people for human trafficking in the New York Metropolitan region in 2011. The number of arrests were higher than the 75 human trafficking arrests reported in 2010.

The New York Police Department arrested 50 people in 2011 for breaking a state human trafficking law, an increase from the 19 arrests in 2010.  Most of the NYPD arrests involve U.S. citizens who are primarily underage girls.

Source:  Erica Pearson, “ICE agent cites ‘disturbing and subhuman’ methods used to trick young women into sex slavery,” New York Daily News, February 12, 2012.

An estimated 3,000 to 4,000 teenagers from Quebec are believed to have been victims of human trafficking, according to a Montreal based youth service agency.

The young women from Quebec can be reportedly sold in Ontario for $5,989 (6,000 Canadian Dollars).

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Source:  “Sex slaves trafficked from Montreal to Ontario,” Toronto Star, February 10, 2012.