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 an article by the Korean Times, a 26 year old female stated that she was working as a prostitute after defecting from North Korea. The woman stated that she borrowed $6,000 from a broker to obtain the necessary documents to help her defect to South Korea. The woman was told that she would be working at a karaoke bar in order to repay the loan.

Once in South Korea, the woman had her passport taken and was forced to work in a brothel. The woman would earn $70 for each session she had with a customer.

The sex industry in South Korea is estimated to be worth $12 Billion, with 46,000 brothels in operation.

(More earnings and income from the black market.)

Source:  Kim Young-jin and Kim Jae-won, “Int;l sex trafficking – Korea’s open secret,” Korea Times, October 14, 2013.

Security agencies in Brazil registered 263 cases of human trafficking in the first half of 2013. The number of cases reported was 1,500 percent higher than the 17 human trafficking cases reported in the first half of 2012.

170 cases between January to June 2013 involved foreign nationals being trafficked into Brazil, while 90 cases were of domestic trafficking.

Of the international cases, 42 were for labor trafficking, 2 were of organ trafficking, and the rest were for sex trafficking.

64 of the domestic trafficking cases were for sex trafficking, 25 for labor trafficking and 1 case of illegal adoptions.

Source:  Miriam Wells, “Reports of Human Trafficking Rise Dramatically In Brazil,” Insight Crime, October 10, 2013.

A report by the Home Office stated that the annual revenue that a human trafficker can earn by forcing a woman to work as a prostitute is $77,000 (£48,000).

Security officials in the UK estimate that the total  market of human trafficking in the UK is worth $200 Million (£130 Million). If the entire social and economic costs from human trafficking were included, then the cost to the UK would be $1.4 Billion (£840  Million).

The total costs of organized crime in the UK is $38.6 Billion.

(Prices of human trafficking victims when sold.)

Source:  Rosa Silverman, “Trafficking of women for sex in UK worth £130m,” Telegraph, October 7, 2013.


According to the International Labour Organization, there were 168 Million children working in forced labor conditions at the end of 2012.

Between 2008 to 2012, the number of children working worldwide dropped from 215 million to 168 million.

In Bangladesh, an estimated 7.4 million children between the ages of 5 to 17 were working.

(Additional child trafficking statistics.)

Source:  Harriet Grant, “Child labour falls by a third to 168 million, says ILO,” Guardian, September 23, 2013.

The United States Department of State reported that the operator of an organized child begging ring can make up to $40,000  a year in Shenzhen, China. An organized child begging ring involves children who are forced to beg for money in popular  locations. Begging ring coordinators prefer to use disabled children in order to collect more money. The trafficker in charge of the ring collects the money from the child beggar. In Saudi Arabia, it was reported that an organized child begging ring can make up to $15,000 a  month.

It has been reported that in India, doctors would be paid $200 in order to amputate a child’s limb for the purpose of begging.

(More earnings from under the table jobs.)

Source:  Jillian Keenan, “Keep the Change: Giving money to child beggars is the least generous thing a tourist can do,” Slate, September 30, 2013.

Mexican officials stated that there are 85,000 children in Mexico who are victims of child pornography.

Over 1,300 websites in Mexico are dedicated to displaying pornographic images of children.

In 2012, law enforcement arrested 16 people for child pornography charges, while investigated 11,000 cases.

According to officials, Mexico is the world’s number one distributor of child pornography.

Source:  Marguerite Cawley, “Mexico Is World Leader in Child Pornography: Officials,” Insight Crime, September 30, 2013.

Criminal justice officials in Ireland reported that 45 people were identified in 2012 as being trafficked into the country.

31 of the human trafficking victims were women. 23 of the victims were children.

Out of the total number of victims, 39 were trafficked for sexual exploitation,  with the remaining six victims trafficked for labor purposes.

In 20111, authorities identified 57 human trafficking victims in Ireland. From 2010 to 2012, there were over 200 victims identified.

Source: “45 people, including 23 children, were trafficked into Ireland last year,”, September 27, 2013.

From June 2011 to June 2013, security agencies in Peru identified and rescued around 2,000 people who were victims of human trafficking in the country. 42 percent of the victims identified were minors.

During the two year period, criminal sentences were handed out to 26 people.

Criminal justice officials state that one of the mining industry contributes to the human trafficking problem in Peru. In the mining town of La Rinconada on the border of Bolivia, an estimated 4,000 underage girls are forced to work as prostitutes.

Source: Marguerite Cawley, “Peru Rescues 2,000 Human Trafficking Victims in 2 Year,” Insight Crime, September 24, 2013.

A report in the New York Times stated that an 11 year old girl from the state of Jharkhand, India, was sold to a human trafficker for $24 (1,500 Indian Rupees).

According to the article, 100,000 girls are trafficked to Dehli and other areas from the state of Jharkhand. 67 percent of the girls who fall victim to human trafficking are bought and sold by someone that they know.

(Human trafficker prices worldwide.)

Source:  Raksha Kumar, “Human Trafficking Continues to Ravage Jharkhand,” New York Times, India Ink, September 23, 2013.

In the first seven months of 2013, security agencies in Bolivia reported 243 cases of human trafficking. Most of the trafficking victims were women and children.

Officials stated that most of the victims were being trafficked to Brazil.

(Price of human trafficking victims when sold on the black market.)

Source:  “Over 240 Human Trafficking Cases In Bolivia In First Seven Months,” Bernama, September 23, 2013.