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 the first 7 months of 2013, police in Serbia discovered 30 human trafficking victims, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. 27 of the victims were women, and 22 were minors.

During the first 7 months of 2013, police have filled 18 criminal charges related to human trafficking in the country.

In 2011, law enforcement officials in Serbia prosecuted 36 cases of human trafficking.

Source:  Nebojsa Kocic, “Serbia: In 2013, 30 victims of human trafficking,” InSerbia, August 26, 2013.

The Secretary General of the Permanent Committee to combat Human Trafficking in Saudi Arabia reported that an organized begging ring can collect up to $15,000 in money per month.

Many women and children are forced to work as beggars in Saudi Arabia due to the amount of money that is collected. In addition to begging, the human trafficking victims are forced to distribute illegal drugs and pornographic movies on the black market in Saudi Arabia.

(Earnings of illegal activity and other under the table income.)

Source:  “An organized crime? Begging in Saudi Arabia,” Al Arabiya, August 19, 2013.

Across Great Britain, there are roughly 30,000 nail salons as of 2013.

Between 2008 and 2013, police raided around 100 of the salons for human trafficking charges and other  immigration violations. During the course of those investigations, security personnel identified 150 workers who were in violation of immigration laws, and over $1 Million (£700,000) in fines was levied.

Victims told the criminal justice system in the United Kingdom that they paid up to $31,000 (£20,000) to human smugglers in order to be smuggled from Vietnam to the country. When they could not pay the smuggling fee, the migrants were then forced to work in the nail salons.

Source:  Rebecca Seales, “The slave trade of British nail bars: How victims of human trafficking from Vietnam are exploited in beauty salons and forced into prostitution,” Daily Mail, August 18, 2013.

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The Forced Marriage Unit in the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office investigates up to 1,500 cases a year.

Nearly half of the cases of forced marriage investigated involve marriages with individuals in Pakistan. 11 percent of the cases involve Bangladesh, and 8 percent involve India. The remaining cases are spread out to over 50 different countries.

The unit reported that the youngest victim that they have come across who was forced into marriage was two years old.

Source:  Andy McSmith, “Girls escape forced marriage by concealing spoons in clothing to set off metal detectors at the airport,” Independent, August 15, 2013.

According to a study by the Woman’s Fund of Miami-Dade, there are an estimated 385 teen girls who work in the US State of Florida’s prostitution trade each month.

Between November 2012 and July 2013, the state attorney office investigated over 100 child trafficking cases.

In 2011, the state reported 427 cases of child trafficking during the year.

(Prostitution prices worldwide.)

Source:  Katia Savchuk, “Florida a magnet for traffickers,” Miami Herald, August8, 2013.

Authorities in the US City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin reported that 77 child sex trafficking victims were identified in the city between August 2010 to August 2012.

92 percent of the victims were female, and 78 percent were black.

Nearly 70 percent of the minors were reported to city police as missing at least once.

(More statistics about child trafficking.)

Source:  Ashley Luthern, “77 youths sexually exploited in Milwaukee over two years, report says,” Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, August  5, 2013.

According to the US Attorney’s Office, 469 children were documented as victims of child sex trafficking in Portland, Oregon between 2009 and 2013.

(More human trafficking statistics.)

Source:  “Study: Portland a hub for child sex trafficking,” KGW.com, August 5, 2013.

 

Police in Las Vegas identified 68 minors who were working as prostitutes in the first six months of 2013.

Between 1994 and 2012, Metro police identified 2,229 minors who were working as prostitutes in Las Veags.

One minor stated in a sworn affidavit that she was forced to work while pregnant and needed to make $1,500 a day.

(Additional Child Prostitution Statistics.)

Source:  John L. Smith, “Shooting on the Strip: Las Vegas’s Prostitution Secret,” Daily Beast, August 4, 2013.

 

The President of the Nepal Youth Foundation estimates that as of June 2013, there are around 500 girls who are trapped as indentured servants in Nepal.

The organization reported that they have rescued 12.500 girls from what is called kamlari in the country.

Source:  Rob Verger, “Protecting Nepal’s Vulnerable Girls,” Daily Beast, June 12, 2013.

Criminal justice programs in Norway identified 349 people who were classified as victims of human trafficking activities in 2012. The number of victims in Norway was the highest number since the survey began collecting statistics in 2007.

255 of the victims were women, 70 were children, and 24 were men.

Most of the victims were trafficked for the purpose of prostitution, with 239 victims of sexual exploitation.

The victims were from 50 nationalities, but 163 originated from Nigeria, and 46 were trafficked from Romania.

Between the years 2003 to June 2013, prosecutors in Norway obtained 28 convictions for human trafficking crimes.

(Additional human trafficking statistics.)

Source:  “Number of Human Trafficking Victims Increases,” Nordic Page, July 23, 2013.