Human Trafficking Facts

  1. sadfaceGlobally, the average cost of a slave is $90.
  2. 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.
  3. According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.
  4. There are approximately 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today.
  5. According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. More than 70% are female and half are children.
  6. The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12 to 14-year-old. Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children.
  7. California harbors 3 of the FBI’s 13 highest child sex trafficking areas on the nation: Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.
  8. The National Human Trafficking Hotline receives more calls from Texas than any other state in the US. 15% of those calls are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
  9. Between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year.
  10. Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking). It reportedly generates a profit of $32 billion every year. Of that number, $15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries.
  11. The International Labour Organization estimates that women and girls represent the largest share of forced labor victims with 11.4 million trafficked victims (55%) compared to 9.5 million (45%) men.



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3 “Human Trafficking Facts.” National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Accessed February 25, 2014,

4 Bales, Kevin. “The Number.” The CNN Freedom Project Ending Modern Day Slavery. Accessed February 25, 2014,

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6 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,

7 California Against Slavery. “What is Human Trafficking?.” Safer California Foundation. Accessed February 25, 2014,

8 U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. “Human Trafficking in Texas.” Texas Advisory Committee . Accessed February 25, 2014,–ver%2050–FINAL.pdf.

9 Bales, Kevin. “The Number.” The CNN Freedom Project Ending Modern Day Slavery. Accessed February 25, 2014,

10 “Slavery.” Not For Sale: End Human Trafficking and Slavery. Accessed February 25, 2014,

11 “WHAT IS FORCED LABOUR?.” Anti-Slavery. Accessed February 25, 2014,