National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888

THE FACTS

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.

TRAFFICKING STATISTICS

  • Worldwide, there are 40.3 million victims trapped in Human Trafficking

  • 22,326 TRAFFICKING VICTIMS & SURVIVORS IDENTIFIED in 2019 14,597 of those were victims and survivors of sex trafficking

  • 4,384 TRAFFICKERS IDENTIFIED in 2019

  • 4.8 million people are involved in forced sexual exploitation worldwide, with more than 1 million of those victims being children under the age of 18 years.

  • US leads all other nations in consumption

  • 1 in 4 victims are children

  •  7 in 10 victims are women

  • According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the average age a child first becomes a victim of sex trafficking is between 12-14.

  • It is projected that between 60% and 70% of trafficked children in the U.S. come from child social services or the foster care system

  • 84% OF THOSE SOLD IN SEX SLAVERY WERE sexually ABUSED AS CHILDREN

  • It is estimated that every two minutes around the world, a life is being bought and sold.

  • Between 60% and 70% of trafficked children in the U.S. come from child social services or the foster care system.

  • Human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide.

  • According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the average age a child first becomes a victim of sex trafficking is between 12-14

  • 90.8% of trafficking survivors reported being arrested whereas we estimate fewer than 10% of buyers are arrested.

  • 92% of victims are physically assaulted

Trafficking statistics change often.  This page was updated on 10/12/20. Statistics sourced from The US Institute Against Human Trafficking, The Polaris Project, and Florida Department of Children and Families Annual Human Trafficking Report State Fiscal Year 2018-2019

Scouting Venues & Most Common Recruiting Areas

Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States. It is estimated that human trafficking generates many billions of dollars of profit per year, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational crime.

Human trafficking is a hidden crime as victims rarely come forward to seek help because of language barriers, fear of the traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement.

Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and force them into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. They look for people who are susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of a social safety net, natural disasters, or political instability. The trauma caused by the traffickers can be so great that many may not identify themselves as victims or ask for help, even in highly public settings.

Many myths and misconceptions exist. Recognizing key indicators of human trafficking is the first step in identifying victims and can help save a life. Not all indicators listed are present in every human trafficking situation, and the presence or absence of any of the indicators is not necessarily proof of human trafficking.

The safety of the public as well as the victim is paramount. Do not attempt to confront a suspected trafficker directly or alert a victim to any suspicions. It is up to law enforcement to investigate suspected cases of human trafficking.

SOURCE: WWW.DHS.GOV/BLUE-CAMPAIGN

NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE: 1-888-373-7888

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