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 Fort Worth Police in Texas estimate that up to 20 percent of all human trafficking victims in the United States pass through the state at some point.

Source: Jason Trahan, “Sex-obsessed culture, lack of social services blamed for rise in human trafficking,” Dallas Morning News, May 20, 2010.

The human trafficking market in Ghana allows a child to be purchased from parent for $50. Then, the trafficker can either sell or lease out that child for up to $300, thus making $250 in profit a year.

(More prices and sales of human trafficking victims around the world.)

Source: Richard Lui, “Former child slave fights to end trafficking in Ghana,” CNN, May 19, 2010.

According to the International Labor Organization and republished by the World Bank, a woman who is forced to work as a prostitute by her traffickers can earn the pimp $67,200 on average per year.

(More under the table jobs and earnings.)

Source: Kate Transchel, “Opinion: Behind the myth of the “happy hooker”,” GlobalPost,  January 4, 2010.

World Bank Source:  “Human Trafficking, Modern Day Slavery, and Economic Explitation,” Johannes Koettl, World Bank, Special Protection and Labor, page 16.


According to the Polaris Project, the average yearly earnings of an Asian Massage Parlor operating as a brothel in Washington, DC  prostitution market is $1.2 Million.

More under the table jobs and income here.

Source: Chris Vogel, “X RATED: DC’s Underground Sex Industry,” Washingtonian, November 1, 2005.

After escaping from North Korea, women are often taken in by human traffickers where they are sold for $1,500. The women are usually sold either to elderly farmers as a wife or to Internet Sex Shows operators.

More than 90 percent of women who escape North Korea and enter China end up victims of human trafficking.

Source: AFP, “N.Korean women up for sale in China: activist,” Google News, May 13, 2010.

In 2009, there were 43 cases of human trafficking in the United Arab Emirates, up from 20 in 2008.

(More crime statistics from the UAE.)

Source: Haneen Daijani, “Human trafficking cases more than double,” The National, May 10, 2010.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, most runaways will be approached by a sex trafficker within 48 hours of leaving their homes.

Source:  Barbara Grady, “Youth Trafficking in Oakland: Big Business Despite Government, Police Efforts,” May 5, 2010.

In 2010, there wee 367 organized crime groups with a total of 4,066 people active in Scotland.

At least 10 of the groups were involved in human trafficking.

(Additional information about crime in the UK.)

Source:  People trafficking prosecution failure ‘startling’ ,” BBC News, May 4, 2010.

Traffickers who have purchased Nepali women and girls and force them to work in the prostitution trade are able to earn up to $250,000, according to a report by the United Nations.

The International Labor Organization reported back in 2005 that the average amount a pimp makes from a trafficked girl is $67,200 per year.

(More prices where humans have been sold.)

Source:  “Astha: building a new life in Nepal,” United Nations Office on Crime and Drugs, April 23, 2010.

The following are the number of human trafficking cases handled by police in Dubai.

2006- 7 cases.

2007-23 cases.

2008-18 cases.

2009-23 cases involving 33 victims. 88 percent of the human trafficking victims in 2009 were female, and 12 percent of victims were under the age of 18.

Source:  Siham Al Najami, “Dubai Police fight intensified battle against human trafficking,” Gulf News, April 26, 2010.