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Statistics and Info

Human Trafficking

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  • Be forced to live in subpar conditions (living in the same place as they work; living in a space that does not have heat, running water, or electricity; living with many people sharing the same, small space)

  • Not be allowed to talk to anyone alone or without supervision

  • Be coached on how to respond to inquiries from others including police and other authority figures

  • 4.8 million people are trafficked for forced sexual exploitation.

  • 3.8 million adults are trafficked for forced sexual exploitation and 1.0 million children are trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation.

  • According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, California consistently has the highest number of human trafficking incidents reported in the United States.

  • At any given time in 2016, an estimated 40.3 million people are in modern slavery, including 24.9 million in forced labour and 15.4 million in forced marriage. [1]

  • It means there are 5.4 victims of modern slavery for every 1,000 people in the world.

  • 1 in 4 victims of modern slavery are children. [1]

  • Out of the 24.9 million people trapped in forced labour, 16 million people are exploited in the private sector such as domestic work, construction or agriculture; 4.8 million persons in forced sexual exploitation, and 4 million persons in forced labour imposed by state authorities. [1]

  • Women and girls are disproportionately affected by forced labour, accounting for 99% of victims in the commercial sex industry, and 58% in other sectors. [1]

  • In 2017, an estimated 1 out of 7 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely child sex trafficking victims.


“H.E.A.T. Watch – Stop Human Exploitation and Trafficking.” Human Trafficking: Statistics - H.E.A.T.Watch,

“Human Trafficking Statistics & Facts.” Safe Horizon,

Michael R. Bloomberg. Medical Providers' Guide to Managing the Care of Domestic Violence Patients Within a Cultural Context, New York City Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence.

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