Facts and Figures
During my research on human trafficking, I have been astonished at the statistical data of human trafficking and modern slavery. Throughout my research on human trafficking, I compiled some of the most startling statistics of human trafficking.
- According to the United States Department of State in 2010, the number of human trafficking victims identified reflects only 0.4% of the victims in existence in the United States.
- According to the U.S. Department of Justice 62% of labor trafficking victims are age 25 or older, compared to 13% of confirmed sex trafficking survivors.
- The Department of Justice also reports that 83% of victims in confirmed sex trafficking incidents were identified as U.S. citizens, while 67% of labor trafficking victims were undocumented immigrants.
- The National Human Trafficking Resource Center estimates human trafficking to be a $32 billion industry, surpassing the illegal sale of arms and expected to surpass the illegal sale of drugs within the next few years.
- The Committee on Foreign Affairs estimates that 100,000 American-citizen children are victims of human trafficking.
- The National Human Trafficking Resource Center estimates 1 in 3 teens are lured into prostitution or human trafficking within two days of leaving home.
- The U.S. Department of State estimates the global ratio of sex trafficking victim to labor trafficking victims to be 1:9.
- A study completed by The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work suggests that 75% of women engaged in formal street prostitution are controlled by pimps.