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 Government of South Korea estimates that there are at least 1,000 South Korean women working in the prostitution industry in Australia. Authorities believe that many of them are victims of human trafficking.

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Source:  Nick Tabakoff, “Korea’s sex call – dob in our prostitutes,” Telegraph, February 6, 2012.

An Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent stated that between 2003 and 2011, over 1,900 children who were victims of sex trafficking were rescued by law enforcement in the United States.

Source:  Linda Trischitta, “South Florida a gateway for child sex trafficking,” South Florida Sun-Sentinel, February 2, 2012.

Across the United States, there were officially 2,515 cases of human trafficking under investigation in 2010.

Out of the total number of cases that year, over 1,000 involved the trafficking of children.

Source:  Tresa Baldas, “Human trafficking a growing crime in the U.S.,” USA Today, January 22, 2012.


20,000 Cambodians are estimated to be victims of human trafficking each year and trafficked within Asia.

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Source: Chun Sakada, “Mekong Countries Meet To Curb Human Trafficking,” Voice of America, January 11, 2012.

The number of human trafficking cases handled by police in Dubai dropped by nearly 50 percent in 2011.

Authorities investigated 16 human trafficking cases that involved 48 suspected traffickers and 32 female victims in 2011.

In 2010, there were 35 cases of human trafficking investigated, with 109 suspected defendants and 76 female victims.

Source: “Human trafficking cases down in Dubai,” Emirates 24/7, January 2, 2012.

In 2011, authorities in Finland launched 25 cases related to human trafficking, a record high.

In previous years, an average of 10 cases of human trafficking were investigated within the country. Officials in Finland attribute the rise in cases due to increased police activity into the crime, rather than an actual increase in human trafficking activities.

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Source: “Surge in investigations for human trafficking,” Helsingin Sanomat, December 23, 2011.

From January to November 30, 2011, authorities in Malaysia rescued 894 people from human trafficking activities across the country. 258 of the human trafficking victims were males, with 518 women and 118 being children.

Police made 557 human trafficking arrests during the year.

Source:  Bernama, “894 human trafficking victims saved,” New Straits Times, December 23, 2011.

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According to a book on sex crimes against children, the authors estimate that up to 2 million children are victims of commercial sex exploitation each year, with the number of victims in non-commercial sex even higher.

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Source: Natasha Korecki, “New book exposes world of sex crimes against children,” Chicago Sun-Times, December 17, 2011.

Between 2007 and 2010, there has been a rise of human trafficking court cases in the United Arab Emirates each year.

In 2007, there were 10 human trafficking cases, which increased to 20 in 2008, 43 in 2009, and 42 in 2010.

Source: Iman Sherif, “UAE cracks down on human trafficking,” gulfnews, December 13, 2011.


The Ministry of Public Security officially reported that there were 5,900 cases of child trafficking in China in 2010.

Outside experts believe the number to be higher.

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Source: Tania Branigan, ” China trafficking crackdown leads to rescue of 178 children,” Guardian, December 7, 2011.