Almost every day people visit my blog and website searching for “human trafficking statistics”, so I thought it would be helpful to gather some information* about slavery and trafficking that Stop Child Trafficking Now has recently been sharing on Twitter and post it here for reference. Here are some facts and statistics about human trafficking in general and child trafficking specifically . . .
- Child trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world.
- There are 2.5 million child sex slaves in the world today, some as young as 4 and 5.
- More than 1,000,000 children worldwide will become victims of child trafficking this year.
- Over 100,000 children in the U.S. are currently exploited through commercial sex, and 300,000 children in the U.S. are at risk every year for commercial sexual exploitation.
- Investigators and researchers estimate the average predator in the U.S. can make more than $200,000 a year off one young girl.
- The global market of child trafficking is over $12 billion a year.
- The total market value of illicit human trafficking is estimated to be over $32 billion a year.
- An estimated 14,500-17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the U.S. each year.
- Approximately 80% of human trafficking victims are women and girls and up to 50% are minors.
- 600,000-800,000 people are bought and sold across international borders each year; 50% are children, most are female. The majority of these victims are forced into the sex trade.
- There are open sex slavery cases in all 50 states.
- U.S. citizen child victims are often runaway and homeless youth.
- Runaways, orphans and the poor are targets for sexual predators.
- Approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.
- There are more slaves today than ever before in human history.
Stop Child Trafficking Now is working to put an end to child trafficking by addressing the demand for child sex slaves and targeting the source of the demand – the predators who drive the sex industry. By prosecuting and convicting the predators and putting them behind bars, child sex trafficking can be stopped. Learn more about how SCTNow and their Special Operatives Teams are working to achieve this by reading more about them at their website.
* Information from various sources ~ U.S. Dept. of Justice, U.S. Dept. of State, UNICEF, UN, UNODC