- Every 30 seconds, another individual becomes a victim of human trafficking. (1)
- According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80 percent are female and half are children. (2)
- Globally, the average cost of a slave is $90. (3)
- Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including: forcing victims into prostitution, subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude and compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography. (4)
(1) U.S. Department of State
(2) “TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS REPORT.” United States Department. Accessed February 25, 2014, http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/34158.pdf.
(3) “Modern Slavery.” Free the Slaves. Accessed February 25, 2014, https://www.freetheslaves.net/sslpage.aspx?pid=301.
(4) UNODC. “UNODC on human trafficking and migrant smuggling”. Accessed February 25, 2014.
- Up to 50 percent of human trafficking victims are minors. (1)
- The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12 to 14 years old. Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children. (2)
- Each year, over a million children are exploited in the global commercial sex trade. (3)
- California harbors 3 of the FBI’s 13 highest child sex trafficking areas in the nation: Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. (4)
- According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80 percent are female and half are children. (5)
(1) U.S. Department of State
(2) Clawson, Heather J., Nicole Dutch, Amy Solomon, and Lisa Goldblatt Grace. “Human Trafficking Into and Within the United States: A Review of the Literature.” Study of HHS Programs Serving Human Trafficking Victims. Accessed February 25, 2014, http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/07/humantrafficking/LitRev/.
(3) U.S Department of State
(4) California Against Slavery. “What is Human Trafficking?.” Safer California Foundation. Accessed February 25, 2014, http://www.caseact.org/learn/humantrafficking/
(5) “TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS REPORT.” United States Department. Accessed February 25, 2014, http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/34158.pdf.
- The International Labour Organization estimates that women and girls represent the largest share of forced labor victims with 11.4 million trafficked victims compared to 9.5 million men. (1)
- The U.S. Department of Labor has identified 139 goods from 75 countries made by forced and child labor. (2)
(1) ILO. “ILO 2012 Global estimate of forced labour Executive summary.” Accessed March 4, 2015.
(2) United States Department of labor “Lists of Goods Produced by Child Labor of Forced Labor.” Accessed February 2017
- Any child exploited through commercial sex who is 17 years of age or younger is a child sex trafficking victim. (1)
- 1 in 6 runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely sex trafficking victims. (2)
- In a 2014 report, the Urban Institute estimated that the underground sex economy ranged from $39.9 million in Denver, Colorado, to $290 million in Atlanta, Georgia. (3)
- Pimps and traffickers interviewed for the study took home between $5,000 and $32,833 a week. (3)
(1) ILO. “ILO 2012 Global
(2) National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
(3) Urban Institute, article “Estimating the Size and Structure of the Underground Commercial Sex Economy in Eight Major US Cities” March 2014. Accessed February 2017
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