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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A human trafficking report by UNESCO stated that there are an estimated 30,000 child prostitutes in South Africa.

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Source: “Human Trafficking in South Africa: Root Causes and Recommendations,” United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization,Policy Paper Series, No. 14.5, 2007, page 11.

Human trafficking in Mexico is estimated to generate between $15 Billion to $20 Billion a year.

Source: Arthur Brice, “Human trafficking second only to drugs in Mexico,” CNN, August 27, 2010.

Nigerian women and girls are being trafficked to the Ivory Coast and forced to work in the prostitution industry.

The women service between 15 to 30 men a night at a cost of $2 per act.

(Reported Prostitute Prices Worldwide.)

Source: AP, “Nigeria teens sold for prostitution in Ivory Coast,” Google News, August 27, 2010.

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2,600 women who were working as prostitutes in the United Kingdom were confirmed as human trafficking victims. Another 9,200 women were considered to be vulnerable to human trafficking but police were unable to fully confirm their status.

Of the estimated 30,000 women working in prostitution in the United Kingdom, 17,000 were found to have been migrants from foreign countries.

Of the 2,600 confirmed human trafficking victims, 2,200 were from Asia with a majority coming from China.

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Source: Michael Holden, “UK says 2,600 women trafficked to brothels,” Reuters, August 18, 2010.

The child prostitution industry in Brazil is filled with 250,000 children, according to UNICEF.

According to a report by the BBC, a 13 year old girl states that customers pay $5.50 for sex. The girl said that the money is given to her mother, who uses the cash to buy a rock of crack.

Source: Chris Rogers, “Brazil’s sex tourism boom,” BBC News, July 30, 2010.

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The Bangladesh Government reported that there were 1,311 women and children who were officially identified as victims of human trafficking in Bangladesh between 2004 to 2010.

The figure is broken down by 730 women and 581 children.

NGO representatives dispute the number, stating that there were much more human trafficking victims than officially reported.

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Source: “Human trafficking up, not down: seminar told,”, August 2, 2010.

Human trafficking of children in Cambodia causes 80 percent of the young beggars in the streets of Thailand to have come from Cambodia.

The young beggars, ranging from newborn babies to 12 year olds, generally work between 8 to 12 hours a day and earn between $9 to $31 (300 to 1,000 Thai Baht).

(More income and illegal earnings from under the table jobs.)

Source: “Stop giving to beggars, says foundation,” Bangkok Post, July 27, 2010.

In 2009, the Government of Japan found over 400 cases of the mistreatment of foreign workers in a government sponsored training program, including the failure to pay wages and exposure to dangerous conditions.

(Japanese crime statistics.)

From 2005 to 2010, at least 127 trainees have died. The cause of death for many have been strokes or heart failures, signs of overwork.

Source: Hiroko Tabuchi, “Japan Training Program Is Said to Exploit Workers,” New York Times, July 20, 2010.

Law enforcement authorities in Malaysia broke up a child trafficking ring where the traffickers were shopping around a 23 month old baby girl for the price of $3,120 (10,000 Malaysian Ringgit.)

Source: AFP, “Malaysia busts child trafficking syndicate,” Google News, July 18, 2010.

Human trafficking in Myanmar causes girls between the ages of 16 to 18 to be sold as brides in rural China for $700.

(Current human trafficking statistics.)

 Source: David Henry Morton, “Trafficking in Foreign Women Rises in China,”  Voice of America, July 6, 2010.