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Trafficking in Persons - Facts and Figures

  • According to the U.S. Department of State's Trafficking in Persons Report 2010:
    • Adults and children in forced labor, bonded labor, and forced prostitution around the world: 12.3 million
    • Successful trafficking prosecutions in 2009: 4,166
    • Successful prosecutions related to forced labor: 335
    • Victims identified: 49,105
    • Ratio of convicted offenders to victims identified, as a percentage: 8.5
    • Ratio of victims identified to estimated victims, as a percentage: 0.4
    • Countries that have yet to convict a trafficker under laws in compliance with the Palermo Protocol: 62
    • Countries without laws, policies, or regulations to prevent victims' deportation: 104
    • Prevalence of trafficking victims in the world: 1.8 per 1,000 inhabitants
    • Prevalence of trafficking victims in Asia and the Pacific: 3 per 1,000 inhabitants
More recent data can be found in Trafficking in Persons Report 2013.
  • The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has released Characteristics of Suspected Human Trafficking Incidents, 2008-2010 (April 2011), which presents findings from the Human Trafficking Reporting System (HTRS). Highlights include the following:
    • Federally funded task forces opened 2,515 suspected incidents of human trafficking for investigation between January 2008 and June 2010.
    • About 8 in 10 of the suspected incidents of human trafficking were classified as sex trafficking, and about 1 in 10 incidents were classified as labor trafficking.
    • The confirmed human trafficking incidents open for at least a year led to 144 known arrests.
  • "Victims of human trafficking pay a horrible price. Psychological and physical harm, including disease and stunted growth, often have permanent effects. In many cases the exploitation of trafficking victims is progressive: a child trafficked into one form of labor may be further abused in another. It is a brutal reality of the modern-day slave trade that its victims are frequently bought and sold many times over-often sold initially by family members" (Trafficking in Persons Report, U.S. Department of State, 2006).