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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A Chinese national who was directing children to human trafficking groups was reportedly being paid up to $394 (€300) for each child that he provided.

(More earnings from the underground economy.)

Source:  “Human trafficking ‘fixer’ was paid €300 per child,” Irish Examiner, July 19, 2103.

According to the Internal Security Force, most human trafficking victims discovered in Lebanon are people from Syria.

In 2009, out of the total 86 human trafficking victims found in Lebanon, 56 of them were from Syria.

In 2010, there were 8 victims from Syria in 2010, and 27 Syrian victims in 2011 and 2012.

In the first half of 2013, a reported 16 Syrians were identified as victims of human trafficking in Lebanon.

Due to the conflict in Syria, many women are turning to prostitution in the refugee camps and increasing the risks of human trafficking.

Source:  Samya Kullab, “Whether survival sex or prostitution, Syria’s poorest refugees face grim choices,” Daily Star, July17, 2013.

According to the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW),  there are an estimated 51 million girls under the age of 18 who are married worldwide.

In addition to the minors who are already married, the ICRW estimates that an underage girl gets married every three seconds, or 10 million child marriages during the year.

In countries such as Pakistan, there is an illegal custom called Swara where young girls are forcibly married off to settle family and tribal disputes. According to figures collected by activists, at least 180 cases of young girls being forced into marriage occur. An article by Foreign Policy magazine reported on a 5 year old girl who was married off to an older man as compensation.

70 percent of girls in Pakistan are married before they reach the age of 16, according to UNICEF.

Source:  Adriana Carranca, “Malala’s Forgotten Sisters,” Foreign Policy, July 12, 2013.


The director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and Girls in Latin America and the Caribbean  stated that Mexican drug cartels made up to $10 Billion in 2012 from the sexual services and labor exploitation of human trafficking victims.

A different non-governmental organization, Asahac, estimated that over half of the migrants from Central American who are attempting to enter the United States are captured either by human traffickers or human smuggling rings.

Source: Isabella Cota, “Central America’s drug cartels turn their attention to trafficking people,” Guardian, July 4, 2013.

Since an anti-human trafficking law was enacted in 2012, the government of the Philippines has convicted 118 human traffickers, according to the Inter-agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT).

1,519 cases of human trafficking was filed with the court system during that time period.

In addition to the conviction, criminal justice programs provided victims services such as counseling, temporary shelter and other forms of assistance to 651 victims of trafficking.

(Prices of human traffickers.)

Source:  “IACAT: 118 human traffickers convicted as of June 2013,” GMA News, July 2, 2013.

Between September 2005 and March 2012, law enforcement agencies in the US State of New Jersey discovered 179 human trafficking victims within the state.

There are over 500 massage parlors reportedly operating in the state as fronts for prostitution.

Source:  Michael Linhorst, “N.J. plans crackdown on human trafficking at Super Bowl,”, June 25, 2013.

According to data released by criminal justice programs in Argentina, between 2009 and 2012, authorities in Argentina convicted 122 people for human trafficking crimes.

70 percent of the human trafficking incidents in the country were linked to drug trafficking activities.

50 percent of the victims were from Argentina, with 33 percent originating from Paraguay.

Roughly 25 percent of the victims were under the age of 18.

Source:  Miriam Wells, “Report Shows Dynamics Of Human Trafficking In Argentina,” Insight Crime, June 24, 2013.

According to a Philippine Congressman, woman who travel overseas to the Middle East have become victims of human trafficking. In one instance, a labor official working in Jordan was pimping out a Filipino woman for $1,000 a night to customers in the country.

The Philippine government states that over 10.4 million migrants from the Philippines are working in foreign countries.

Criminal justice programs in the Philippines provided assistance to 1,029 Filipino victims of trafficking and illegal recruitment in 2013.

(World prostitute prices.)

Source:  Floyd Whaley, “Philippines Investigates Prostitution Ring Charges,” New York Times, June 24, 2013.

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A government minster in Indonesia stated that up to 20 percent of all Indonesian migrant workers who work overseas fall victims to human traffickers.

A total of 9 million Indonesians work overseas, thus creating 1.8 Million victims of human trafficking. Of these 1.8 million victims, 70 percent were tricked by traffickers by posing as employment recruiters and sent to foreign countries.

Source:  Made Arya Kencana, “Trafficking Still Threatens Many Workers,” Jakarta Globe, June 22, 2013.

Police officers estimate that there are up to 2,000 women from foreign countries working as prostitutes in Delhi. Many of the women are from Commonwealth of Independent States countries and most are believed to have been victims of human trafficking.

Prostitution in Delhi creates a high demand for foreign prostitutes. Due to the demand, women from former Soviet Republic countries working as prostitutes are sold for three to four times higher than Indian prostitutes, according to media reports.

On average, pimps controlling the foreign women charge between $13.50 to $16.80 (800 to 1,000 Indian Rupees) for a sexual interaction. For services during the evening, the price increases to $421 to $500 (25,000 to 30,000 Rupees).  Weekend getaways and travel escorts costs up to $1687 (100,000 Rupees).

(More prostitute prices in India and across Asia.)

Source:  Kumar Vikram, “Investigation into prostitution trade reveals demand for non-Indian women is higher than that for Indian women,” Daily Mail: India, June 21, 2013.

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