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 International Organization for Migration reported 253 cases of human trafficking in Peru in 2010.

12o cases, or 47 percent of the total, took place in Lima, Peru’s capital. Of the 120 cases in the capital, 110 of the human trafficking victims were trafficked by family members.

Source: “Family Members Behind Most Human Trafficking in Peru – IOM,”  Andean Air Mail and Peruvian Times, December 7, 2011.

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Human trafficking advocacy groups estimate that up to 15,000 people are trafficked into the United States each year.

As of 2011, the groups estimated that there could be over 100,000 human trafficking victims living within the United States.

Source: Associated Press, “Differing laws on trafficking impede US crackdown,” Google News, December 1, 2011.

Between April 2009 and November 2011, authorities in Scotland identified 74 people who were victims of human trafficking, with 19 victims being children.

Source: Reevel Alderson, “Inquiry report calls for new approach on trafficking,” BBC News, November 28, 2011.


The Interior Minister of Bulgaria reported that there were 313 human trafficking victims were identified within the country in the first six months of 2011. The government convicted 64 people for human trafficking during the time period.

Source: “13 victims of human trafficking, 64 convicted: report,” Focus, November 25, 2011.

The Vietnamese government estimates that up to 850,000 people leave the country each year to work abroad. The United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking reports that many of these people end up as victims of human trafficking.

Source: “VIETNAM: Trafficked workers exploited in China,” IRIN Asia, November 22, 2011.

A research team at Hofstra University reported in a study that it had identified 11,268 human trafficking victims in the State of New York between 2000 and 2011. In 2010 alone, the researchers found 1,606 people that it identified as victims of human trafficking.

A 2007-2008 study by the governmental New York State Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking found 36 confirmed victims of human trafficking within the state.

Source: Fran Berkman, ” Hofstra study shows thousands of human trafficking victims in N.Y.,” Long Island Report, November 15, 2011.

Street gang MS-13 was operating an underage prostitution ring where girls as young as 12 were working as prostitutes. Men would pay between $40 to $100 for 15 to 30 minuets of sex. The price for the sex was depending on how young the girl was, with sex with younger girls costing more. A gang member who acted as the pimp would carry a machete in order to ensure that the customer paid and was not violent with the girl.

A majority of the girls were runaways, with gang members recruiting them at school, parties or through mutual friends.

The MS-13 gang has between 1,500 to 3,000 members active in the Washington D.C. area.

(Prices of the sex trade around the world.)

Source: Del Quentin Wilber, “MS-13 gang is branching into underage prostitution, authorities say,” Washington Post, November 13, 2011.

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According to news reports, a human trafficking ring was bringing women from India into Dubai and forcing them to work as prostitutes. The traffickers were charging men between $81 to $136 (300 to 500 UAE Dirham) to have sex with the women in a studio flat.

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Source: M A Farred Rahman, “Human trafficking ring from India operating in UAE ‘since 1979’,” National, November 13, 2011.

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As of 2011, the United States Department of State was reporting that there was an estimated 27 million men, women and children around the world who were victims of human trafficking.

Back in 2006, the State Department reported in its Trafficking in Person Report that between 600,000 to 800,000 people were being trafficked worldwide. In 2010, the Department identified 33,113 people who were officially identified as victims of human trafficking.

Source: “Trafficking In Persons,” Voice of America, Editorial, November 12, 2011.

In the seven years after the 2003 war in Iraq, the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq estimates that around 4,000 women disappeared from the country due to human trafficking activities. One fifth of the disappeared women between 2003 and 2010 were under the age of 18.

Source: Laura Smith-Spark, “Silent victims: Iraqi women trafficked for sex, report says,” CNN, November 9, 2011.