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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According to the International Labor Organization, there were 12. 3 million victims of human trafficking in 2009.

The victims were trafficked for sex, labor, debt bondage and to serve as child soldiers.

Source: Nicole Gaouette, “Human Trafficking Is ‘Serious’ in U.S., State Department Says,” Bloomberg BusinessWeek, June 14, 2010.

According to the Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center, 83 percent of all human trafficking cases in the United States involves the woman being involved in prostitution.

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Source: “Human Trafficking a Problem in Major Cities Across US,” Voice of America, June 13, 2010.

Human trafficking of women into Australia were originally from Thailand, South Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia. The top cities for human trafficking in Australia is Sydney and Melbourne.

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Source: Farah Farouque, “Human trafficking not just for sex,” The Age, June 9, 2010.


In 2009, 138 human trafficking cases were reported in Thailand‘s fishing industry, three times more than the year before.

Human trafficking cases for prostitution and begging remained at the same levels between 2008 and 2009.

The increase in human trafficking for the fishing industry was attributed to a worker shortage of 10,000 people.

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Source: “Human trafficking getting worse in fishing industry,” Asia One, June 4, 2010.

Victims of human trafficking in South Africa who are forced to work in the prostitution industry have a 90 percent infection rate of H.I.V.

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Source: Ellen Knickmeyer, “Sex Trafficking at the World Cup,” Daily Beast,May 30, 2010.

Human trafficking in Myanmar leads to several thousands of people being trafficked out of the country each year, according to the United Nations.

The main destination of the human trafficking market from Myanmar is China, followed by Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

Source: “MYANMAR: Tricked by traffickers,” IRIN, May 31, 2010.

Between 2005 and 2010, security and intelligence officials  in Vietnam reported that there were 3,600 human traffickers working in 235 human trafficking rings within the country.

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Source: “Over 230 human trafficking rings recorded,” VietNamNet Bridge, May 29, 2010.

Human trafficking rings operating in Western Europe buy girls from Romania for $$3,000 to $6,000 (2,500 Euros to 5,000 Euros)  from human traffickers based in Romania.

These Romania girls are then forced to work as prostitutes in Western Europe.

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Source: “Romanians Replace Bulgarian Prostitutes in Brussels’ ‘Quartier Nord’,” Sofia News Agency, May 26, 2010.

According to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), up to 20 percent of all human trafficking cases that the agency investigates involves victims from Mexico.

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Source: Elizabeth Lee, “US Fights Human Slavery in Major Cities,” Voice of America, May 24, 2010.

In 2009, the US Federal Court System handled more than 1,600 cases of child pornography, up from 100 in earlier years. The huge increase in cases was attributed to the Internet.

The average sentence for someone viewing and receiving child pornography was 91 months in 2007, up from 21 months in 1997.

Source: A.G. Sulzberger, “Judge Weinstein Takes On Child Pornography Laws,” New York Times, May 21, 2010.