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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There are an estimated 200,000 prostitutes working in Bangladesh.

In 2004, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimated that 10,000 underage girls were working as prostitutes in Bangladesh. Other estimates about the girls working in the sex industry placed the number at 29,000. Many of the girls working in the sex industry are victims of human trafficking and their families were paid $250 by traffickers.

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90 percent of the prostitutes in Bangladesh take a steroid in order to appear older and to assist them in having sex with more clients each day. The steroid, called oradexon, is usually used by farmers to fatten up their livestock.

Sex customers in Bangladesh pay 60 cents for each visit, while the young girls pay 16 cents for the steroid.

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Source:  “Bangladeshi sex workers take steroids to snag clients,” Deutsche Welle, February 28, 2014.

The Delhi Policd investigated 2010 cases of human trafficking in 2013. The number of cases investigated was up from the 186 cases of human trafficking the police handled in 2012.

A total of 1,032 human trafficking victims were rescued by various criminal justice programs in 2013, up from the 953 victims in 2012.

872 victims rescued in 2013 were men, compared to 768 men in 2012. A total of 160 women trafficking victims were rescued in 2013, down from the 185 women in 2012.

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Source:  Jatin Anand, “Human trafficking cases up by 10% in 2013, shows police data,” Hindustan Times, February 24, 2014.

The Ministry of Interior in Cambodia reported that security services in the country investigated 93 cases of human trafficking in 2013. The number of human trafficking cases declined from 135 in 2012.

256 people were rescued from human trafficking activities, and 116 traffickers were prosecuted by the court system. In comparison, 523 victims were rescued and 168 people were prosecuted in 2012.

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Source:  Sen David, “Trafficking fight goes on: gov’t,” Phnom Penh Post, February 20, 2014.


Statistics from criminal justice programs across the United Kingdom reported that 1,746 people were identified as potential human trafficking victims in 2013, an increase of 47 percent from 2012. The victims of human trafficking in the UK came from 112 different countries. The countries with the highest victims were Vietnam, the United Kingdom, and Albania.

1,122 of the potential victims were female. 450 were children.

90 of the trafficking victims were from the United Kingdom, with 63 of them being children.

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Source:  “UK child sex abuse trafficking doubles – National Crime Agency,” BBC News, February 18, 2014.

Police in Fiji broke up a human trafficking ring in February 2014 where girls were being sold by their relatives to older men for sex.

According to investigators with the Human Trafficking Unit in Fiji, girls between the age of 12 to 17 years old were being  sold for $42 to $80 (80 to 150 Fijian Dollars) by their relatives. The girls previously dropped out of school and had run away from their homes. They were living with their relatives, who were then arraigning clients to visit them. The relatives were providing food and shelter, yet were keeping all of the funds generated by the sale of the girls.

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Source:  Nasik Swami, “Sex racket,” Fiji Times Online, February 19, 2014.

Estimates released by the anti-human-trafficking group PACT Ottawa states that the human trafficking industry in Ottawa, Canada generates up to $23.48 Million (26 Million Canadian) a year. At least 150 women are victims of human trafficking and are forced to work in the prostitution industry in Ottawa, according to the group. Most of the victims are from Ottawa.

One victim who was interviewed by the media stated that she was forced to have sex with as many as 7 men in one day. Each customer paid $300 for sex.

According to PACT Ottawa, a human trafficker in the area who controls 3 women can make up to $496,000 (550,000 CAD) in revenue in a single year.

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Source:  Derek Spalding, “Human trafficking in Ottawa: At least 150 women used as sex slaves, research suggests,” Ottawa Citizen, February 3, 2014.

The Philippines National Police (PNP) stated that live streaming of children forced to perform sexual acts is a multi-billion dollar cyber market worldwide. Web operators in the Philippines charge customers up to $100 per hour to view children perform requested sexual acts on camera. In addition to live streaming, videos and images are sold for $22 (1,000 Philippine Pesos.)

Criminal justice programs fighting the trade state that the Philippines is among the top countries in the world where sexual abuse of children takes place for online viewing. Intelligence collected by government security agencies find that these cyber dens where webcams operate are concentrated in the Luzon and Cebu areas.

Source: “PHL among top producers of child pornography, international task force says,” GMA News Online, January 17, 2014.

In a single case investigated by Guatemalan security services, $46.7 Million of Sinaloa drug cartel money was seized and 21 people arrested in December for money laundering violations in Guatemala. A fruit and vegetable was serving as a front company that was sending money to Mexico along with payments of avocados.

Criminal justice programs in Guatemala are seeing an increase in suspicious financial transactions and are reporting more potential money laundering cases. In the first six months of 2013, a total of 76 potential laundering reports were filed that involved $58.2 Million in funds.

In all of 2012, a total of 131 suspicious transactions were filed totaling $31.9 Million. 30 percent of the reports for 2012 were involved possible government corruption, 28 percent were extortion cases, drug trafficking accounted for 17 percent, and the remaining reports were from human trafficking, tax fraud, illegal adoptions and other scams and frauds.

Financial crimes investigators state that a single money laundering case can involve up to 50 bank accounts.

In additional to tracing money through bank accounts, security services have also seized cash from smugglers.  $11.4 Million in cash was seized from people smuggling the money, with most of the seizures taking place at the Guatemalan Airport.

Source:  Araceli Osorio, “Guatemala fights money laundering,” Infosurhoy, January 14, 2014.

The District Attorney’s office in San Diego county prosecuted 35 human trafficking cases in 2013. In those cases, 43 defendants were charged with human trafficking, and 50 victims were identified by police. 9 of the trafficking victims were minors.

The number of human trafficking cases prosecuted by officials in San Diego has increased in recent years. Back in 2009, the District Attorney’s office prosecuted 9 trafficking cases.

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Source:  Dana LIttlefield, “DA sees spike in sex-trafficking prosecutions,” UT San Diego, January 10, 2014.

Police in Spain estimate that there are 12,000 human trafficking victims in the country who are forced to work as prostitutes.

The income that traffickers make from prostituting these victims is reported to be $6 Million a day, or $2.1 Billion a year.

Most of the women are trafficked from Brazil, China, Nigeria, Paraguay and Romania.

Across Europe, there were an estimated 23,632 people who were trafficked between 2008 and 2010, according to the European Commission. Spain had the highest number of victims after Italy.

Source:  Ines Benitez, “Spain grapples with human trafficking,” Al Jazeera, December 26, 2013.