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 Polaris Project, an non-governmental organization, estimates that there are up to 54,000 human trafficking victims that are bought and sold in Japan each year.

In an article with the Bangkok Post, the report highlighted cases where women from the Philippines, Thailand and South Korea were trafficked to Japan in order to work in the prostitution industry.

In addition to women from foreign countries, girls and women from Japan are trafficked within the country. The Polaris Project states that domestic violence victims, single mothers and other women facing financial struggles are targeted. It was previously reported that minors were having sex with men for $100.

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Source:  “Activists demand action against human trafficking in Japan,” Bangkok Post, December 25, 2013.

A human trafficking ring was broken up by security services in Cambodia that was trafficking Cambodian women to China.

Three Cambodian women, aged between 19 to 21, were being sold as brides to Chinese men. Two individuals in the ring were being paid $1,500 to find women that could be sold. The main trafficker would then sell the women to men in China at prices between $5,000 to $10,000 per person.

(The price of humans when sold by traffickers.)

There has been a rise in the number of bride trafficking cases involving China. Due to its one child policy, the ration of men to women in China is currently 14 men to 1 women. This has led to many men being unable to find a wife, thus creating the human trafficking market for brides. It was previously reported that girls from Myanmar were sold to men in rural China for $700. Women from Vietnam have also been targeted as brides, with men in China paying $5,700.

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Source:  Buth Reakksmey Kongkea, “Brides-to-be rescued from being ‘trafficked’,” Phnom Penh Post, December 16, 2013.

Gangs operating in the Colombian city of Medellin manage an underage human trafficking syndicate where the virginity of a child is auctioned off to the highest bidder.

According to investigations conducted by a non-governmental organization, gang members recruit girls as young as ten to be a part of their organization. Although some girls are passed around by the gang members, some are offered up as virgins to international sex tourists who visit Colombia.

In an interview with Insight Crime, the researcher stated that gangs run online auctions where virgin girls are offered for sale to the highest bidder. Each online customer is issued a secret PIN number to access the site. Once logged in, the customer is able to view up to 60 girls that are available for purchase. Customers have bid up to $2,600 on the website. Once the auction is completed, the site is taken down and all pictures of the girls are destroyed.

In addition to the auctions, there has also been reports that virgin girls are offered by human traffickers to Colombian’s drug cartels and paramilitary officers. Once the head official and other officers or cartel members are done with the girl, she is sent away to become a street prostitute.

Many of the young girls who end up in these auctions disappear from society. According to the Mayor’s office, nearly 600 children have disappeared in 2013, with a majority of the children missing being girls. Data from various criminal justice departments state that the number of children missing has been increasing each year.

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Source:  James Bargent, “Children, Sex and Gangs in Medellin,” Insight Crime, December 16, 2013.


A human trafficker told Time Magazine that he would purchase underage daughters directly from mothers in Brazil for $5,000 to $10,000. The trafficker stated that he primarily targeted girls in the municipality of Recife due to its poverty levels.

Once in the possession of the trafficker, the underage girl would work in the prostitution industry in Sao Paulo. The customer would pay $60 for sex with the girl. The pimp and the girl would then split the money, but then expenses for clothes, drugs and cosmetics would then be deducted. In the end, the girl receives roughly 25 percent of the amount that the customer paid.

70 to 80 percent of the customers were foreign tourists.

There are an estimated 500,000 children working as prostitutes across Brazil.

More prices of human trafficking victims.

Source:  Girish Gupta and Olivia Crellin, “Brazil’s World Cup Raises Fear of Rampant Child Prostitution,” Time, December 12, 2013.

A mother in Cambodia told CNN in an interview that she sold her virgin daughter to a human trafficker for $500. Prior to sale, the mother took the child to a doctor and had her examined to ensure that the hymen  was still intact. After the examination, the doctor issued a “certificate of virginity” that was presented at the time of sale.

Another child in Cambodia who was sold by her mother stated to CNN that her mother received $800 after being delivered to a man at a hotel room in Phnom Phen. She also was taken to a hospital and issued a certificate.

In both cases, the families had emergencies that lead them to selling their daughter. In the first case, the father of the family had medical issues surrounding tuberculosis that prevented him from working. In order to help ends meet, the family took out a $200 loan from a loan shark. The debt quickly ballooned to over $9,000. Seeing no other options, the mother decided to sell her daughter’s virginity. In the interview, the mother feels regret and said that she would not choose that path again if given a chance.

(Prices of human trafficking victims.)

In the second instance, a storm damaged the house and fish farm of the family and thus eliminated their source of income. Unable to eat, the family also took out a loan from a loan shark that quickly ballooned to $6,000. After the money lenders visited their house and threatened the family, the mother decided to sell her child’s virginity when she was approached by a woman.

In order to understand the scope of the debt facing the families, half of Cambodia’s population lives on less than $2 per day.

UNICEF estimates that there are 40,000 to 100,000 people working in Cambodia’s sex industry, with about a third of them being children.

(Number of prostitutes in the world by country.)

Source:  Tim Hume, Lisa Cohen and Mira Sorvino, “The women who sold their daughters into sex slavery,” CNN, December 10, 2013.

A report release by researchers at  Tilburg University in the Netherlands found that around 25,000 to 30,000 children were kidnapped and held for ransom by senior military officers with the Eritrea’s military between 2007 and 2012.

According to the report, all students in Eritrea are required to serve at a military camp in order to graduate from high school. At the camp, children between 16 to 17 years old would be kidnapped by military officers. While in captivity, the officers would call the victims family to demand a ransom. According to interviews conducted with survivors, the soldiers would demand a ransom payment of $7,500 to release the victim. If the families were unable to pay the ransom demand, then the military would sell the children to Bedouin traffickers.

In total, the researchers estimate that up to $600 Million in ransom have been paid out to the military.

(Cost of a human sold by traffickers.)

Source:  Martin Plaut, “Eritrea’s military is trafficking the nation’s children, report says,” Guardian, December 3, 2013.

During a ten year span, 15 people were convicted for human trafficking crimes in Australia, according to research conducted by the Australian Institute of Criminology.

8 of the 15 were women.

The institute found that all of the women traffickers were born in the same foreign country as the victims and typically came from the same socio-economic status.

Based on reports from criminal justice programs in Australia, none of the people convicted for human trafficking had links to organized crime. The traffickers were generally small operations that relied upon business or family contacts to recruit victims.

In addition to human trafficking, these traffickers in Australia committed immigration fraud such as fake id cards and visa permits, as well as various money laundering activities.

(Price of human trafficking victims.)

Source:  Australian Associated Press, “Human traffickers are mostly women, Australian Institute of Criminology report finds,” Sydney Morning Herald, November 28, 2013.

Criminal justice programs and social services in Nigeria have seen a rise of baby factories in the country where women bear babies that are sold to couples.  Women between the ages of 14 to 25 are kept in buildings primarily in the south east region of the country. In the buildings, the women are either forced or convinced to get pregnant and to sell the baby for a fee.

According to one woman who was kept in a factory, she was promised $378 (60,000 Nigerian Naira) is she was to produce a boy, and $189 (30,000 Naira) is she conceived a girl.

It was previously reported that these brokers would then sell the babies to couples for $1,500.

Source:  Millie Ibe, “Nigeria: Dismantling the Booming Babymaking Factories,” AllAfrica, November 28, 2013.

According to criminal justice departments across the European Union, over 60 percent of the human trafficking victims in the EU between 2008 to 2010 were of European origins.

During the three years, over 7,000 women and girls and over 2,000 men and boys from EU member states were identified as victims of human trafficking. By comparison, over 1,200 women and 94 males from Africa were identified as victims.

Officials state that most of the victims originate from Bulgaria and Romania.

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Source:  Associated Press, “In EU, most human trafficking victims are European, experts say,” Toronto Star, November 26, 2013.

According to Nigeria’s Ambassador to Russia, at least 200 Nigerian girls trafficking to Russia each month and forced to work in the prostitution industry.

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Source:  “Nigeria: Monthly 200 Nigerian Girls Are Trafficked to Russia for Prostitution – Envoy,” All Africa, November 21, 2013.