Together Freedom

Trafficking Facts & Statistics

Human Trafficking is a criminal activity that is characterized by the exploitation of adults and children for profit. The two most common types of trafficking are labor and sexual slavery. At Together Freedom, our focus is the rescue and care of domestic child sex-trafficking victims. However, this is only one small part of what is a much larger world-wide problem.

Trafficking Statistics

  • There are an average of 30 million people being trafficked worldwide [1]
  • The average lifespan of a trafficking victim is 7 to 10 years from the time they started being trafficked [2]
  • All ethnicities are at risk [3]
  • Average age of domestic sex trafficking victims is 13 years old [4]

Human Trafficking in the United States

2019 Human Trafficking Heatmap

2019 Human Trafficking Heat Map (Map Source: Polaris)

  • The above map is based on human trafficking cases reported through the Polaris-operated U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline. Because the majority of human trafficking cases go unreported, the problem is likely much worse than this map indicates.[5]

 

Where Victims Come From

  • An FBI raid found that up to 60% of child trafficking victims were part of either the group home or foster care system [6]
  • Girls with a history of childhood sexual abuse are at higher risk [7]
  • Runaway youth are at high risk for exploitation through trafficking [8]
  • There are an average of 2 million runaways in the United States every year [9]
  • Some believe up to one third of runaway children are being trafficked in the USA, which would equal over 650,000 children[10]

Disclaimer: The statistics on this page are very subjective as many factors are not always documented correctly. Many of these statistics are based on arrest records and limited studies by the DOJ, FBI, other law-enforcement agencies, and non-profit organizations. It is our opinion that the prevalence of trafficking in the United States, and the world at large, is actually much worse than these statistics indicate.


References:

[1] http://www.ilo.org/global/topics/forced-labour/lang–en/index.htm

[2] https://phoenixrisingky.org/about-trafficking

[3] https://aspe.hhs.gov/report/human-trafficking-and-within-united-states-review-literature#Trafficking

[4] https://aspe.hhs.gov/report/human-trafficking-and-within-united-states-review-literature#Trafficking

[5] https://polarisproject.org/myths-facts-and-statistics/

[6] https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=207901614?storyId=207901614

[7] https://aspe.hhs.gov/report/human-trafficking-and-within-united-states-review-literature#Trafficking

[8] https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40653-018-0229-5

[9] http://www.pollyklaas.org/enews-archive/2013-enews/article-web-pages/the-truth-about-runaways.html

[10] https://rhyclearinghouse.acf.hhs.gov/blog/runaway-prevention-human-trafficking-prevention