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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In 2009, police discovered human trafficking victims in Spain who were forced to work as prostitutes. While working at the brothels, the women from Nigeria were forced to service up to 30 men a day in order to repay a $68,000 debt levied upon her by the human traffickers.

The Nigerian women were being held due to their belief that a Voodoo curse was placed upon them by the traffickers.

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The International Labor Organization states in a report that the human trafficking of forced labor creates losses of $21 billion. The report does not cover forced prostitution and sex trafficking.  The figure is based on workers trapped in sweatshops, construction and farm laborers, and illegal immigrants indebted to their smugglers.


Human trafficking of children in the United Kingdom causes up to five children every week to go missing from airports and ports around the country.

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United States citizens account for 25 percent of all child sex tourists worldwide.


Human traffickers bought and sold at least 150 children in the past several years in Iraq.

According to the Guardian, the victims of child trafficking are being sold by traffickers at prices between $300 to $5,500.

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According to the International Labor Organization, human trafficking generates profits of up to $32 Billion.

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The prostitution industry in the United Kingdom consists of up to 80 percent of foreign nationals who are highly believed to have been victims of human trafficking.


According to the United Nations, at any given time there are 2.5 million victims of human trafficking around the world.

Out of the total number of victims, 1.2 million are victims of child trafficking.


According to media reports, mothers in Iraq have resorted to selling their daughters to human traffickers. The mothers are paid as low as $2,000 for their daughter, to as high as $30,000. The girls are then transported to other countries in the Middle East.

Girls as young as 11 and 12 have been reported to be sold into human trafficking gangs.

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In 2008, police in Kabul arrested 180 female prostitutes within the city. 154 of the women were foreign women, with 26 women being Afghan.

Back in 2006, security forces deported 96 Chinese women from Afghanistan after being caught working as prostitutes. The women said that they were promised employment in a restaurant but was forced to provide sexual services as prostitutes instead.

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