Human Trafficking Statistics
- An estimated 9.5 billion is generated in annual revenue from all trafficking activities, with at least $4 billion attributed to the worldwide brothel industry (U.S. Department of State. 2004. Trafficking in Persons Report. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of State, cited in Human Trafficking).
- Each year, an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 men, women, and children are trafficked across international borders (some international and non-governmental organizations place the number far higher), and the trade is growing (ibid.).
- As many as 27 million people may labor today as victims of human trafficking (HumanTrafficking.org, "Not for Sale").
- Of the 600,000-800,000 people trafficked across international borders each year, 70 percent are female and 50 percent are children. The majority of these victims are forced into the commercial sex trade (US DoJ. Trafficking in Persons Report.).
- Each year, an estimated 14,500 to 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States. The number of U.S. citizens trafficked within the country each year is even higher, with an estimated 200,000 American children at risk for trafficking into the sex industry (U.S. Department of Justice. 2004. Report to Congress from Attorney General John Ashcroft on U.S. Government Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons in Fiscal Year 2003. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice.).
- The largest number of people trafficked into the United States come from East Asia and the Pacific (5,000 to 7,000 victims). The next highest numbers come from Latin America and from Europe and Eurasia, with between 3,500 and 5,500 victims from each (U.S. Departments of Justice, Health & Human Services, State, Labor, Homeland Security, Agriculture, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. 2004. Assessment of U.S. Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice.).
- In the United States, any minor child involved in commercial sexual exploitation is considered a victim of human trafficking (Fair Fund, "Human Trafficking").
- Of sex workers in Thailand, 37.5 percent are underage (Thomas Steinfatt, "A Pragmatic Approach to Promote Condom Use by Female Sex Workers in Thailand").