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 information released by the European Union in 2013, there were 2,400 victims of human trafficking identified in Italy in 2010. The number of victims found in the country represented 25 percent of all trafficking victims found in the EU.

According to security officials with the United Nations, many of the victims are from Nigeria and Eastern Europe. One case involving a woman from Nigeria had her family agreeing to pay $81,100 to smugglers to bring the woman into Europe. The woman then worked as a prostitute in order to pay off the smugglers.

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Source:  Naomi O’Leary, “Violent gangs smuggle thousands into Italy: U.N. expert,” Reuters, September 20, 2013.

There are an estimated 3 million women working as prostitutes in India.

1.2 million of the sex workers are under the age of 18.

The average age that a girl enters the sex trade in India is reported to be between 9 and 12 years old.

The human trafficking industry in India is estimated to generate $4 Billion a year.

Source:  Andrew MacAskill and Bibhudatta Pradhan, “Sold for Sex at Puberty Village Girls’ Fate in India,” Bloomberg Businessweek, September 18, 2013.

Between January and September 2013, the criminal justice system in Myanmar reported that 200 to 400 people in the country fell victim to human trafficking. Most of the victims were women and children. Police were actively investigating up to 200 cases of human trafficking in September 2013.

Security officials claim that demands for brides in China are a major contributor to human trafficking of women in Myanmar. When a Chinese man marries a Chinese woman, the dowries can be nearly $1 Million. Young women from Myanmar can be bought from traffickers for as little as $700, with “high quality” brides being purchased for $7,300.

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Source:  “Bride trafficking to China on the rise,” Eleven Myanmar, September 18, 2013.


Security service personnel in Nigeria found a baby selling industry where new born babies are taken from their mothers and sold on the black market. In one such clinic, most of the mothers were unmarried and had unplanned pregnancies and were either persuaded or voluntarily sold their baby.

The mother would receive $200 for her baby when sold to the broker, who may also serve as the midwife. The broker then sells the baby to another party for $1,500. Although there are rumors that the babies are sold to witchdoctors for occult rituals, security forces say that most of the babies are sold to couples who cannot conceive a child.

According to the United Nations, human trafficking is the third largest crime in Nigeria behind fraud and drug trafficking.

Source:  AFP, “Nigerian ‘baby factories’ bring profits and pain,” Google News, September 8, 2013.

Four men were sentenced to 3 months in jail for having sex with an underage prostitute. According to court records, the men paid between $47 to $55 (60 to 70 Singapore Dollars) to have sex with a girl who was 17 at the time.

The group of men are part of a group of 24 men who have been charged with having sex with the minor. The girls is scheduled to face trial in the coming months.

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Source:  “Four more jailed for paid sex with underage girl,” Channel News Asia, September 12, 2013.

According to data from 24 states in India, 58 percent of missing children in 2013 have not been found. 15,130 children have been reported missing, with 6,269 children being found.

The percentage of missing children who have not been found have been increasing in India over the last several years. In 2010, 30 percent of missing children have been untraceable. That number increased to 37 percent in 2011, and 41.5 percent in 2012.

Security officials in India believe that child traffickers are behind the kidnapping. Data shows that more girls are disappearing than boys, In the first 7 months of 2013, 63 percent of missing children who disappeared were girls.

In the capital of Delhi, there have been 2,887 children who were reported missing in the first 7 months of 2013. 832 children have been found and reunited with their families.

Source:  Chetan Chauhan, “One of 2 missing kids lost forever, trafficking on rise,” Hindustan Times, September 2, 2013.

In the first six months of 2013, Dubai police arrested 19 people for human trafficking charges. During the same time period in 2012, police arrested 31 people.

According to data from the criminal justice system, there were 10 victims of human trafficking in the first half of 2013, compared to 18 victims in the first half of 2012.

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Source: “Human trafficking on the decline, say Dubai Police,” National, September 3, 2013.

555 juveniles in the city of Los Angeles, California were arrested for prostitution-related crimes between 2010 and 2012. City officials and law enforcement officials believe that the number of minors working as prostitutes to be much higher.

It was previously reported that a human trafficker can make up to $140,000 from forcing one girl to work as a prostitute.

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Source:  Steve Lopez, “The ‘repugnant, vile truth’ about sex trafficking in L.A. County,” Los Angeles Times, August 31, 2013.

According to a report published by the Ministry of Justice, criminal justice programs in Saudi Arabia investigated 72 cases of human trafficking in the country in 2012. The human trafficking cases represented 0.11 percent of all criminal cases investigated in Saudi Arabia.

48 of the trafficking cases occurred in the capital Riyadh, where 35 cases involved Saudis and 13 cases were foreigners.

Source:  Abdul Hamid Al-Ansari, “72 human trafficking cases booked in 2012,” Arab News, August 30, 2013.

A 14 year old Japanese girl told anti human trafficking organization Polaris Project Japan that men were paying roughly $100 (10,000 Japanese Yen) to have sex with her in hotels in Japan.

The men, who ranged from college age men to “a man who was around the same age as her own grandfather”, responded to an online ad that read:

“”A second-year junior high school student is looking for somebody to play with.”

The anti human trafficking organization Polaris Project Japan has reported that it has received around 3,000 reports of grievances between 2004 and 2013.

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Source:  Nasuka Yamamoto, “Polaris Project Japan fights human trafficking,” Ashani Shimbun, August 29, 2013.

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