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Statistics of Human Trafficking

  • The US government estimates that between 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States annually and approximately 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked internationally.(Human Rights Quarterly, 2007)
  • There are 1.39 million victims of commercial sexual servitude worldwide.
  • Over 25 percent of sex trafficked victims are trafficked from Southern and Eastern Europe.
  • 90% of victims trafficked into EU member states end up in the sex industry.
  • Tragically, only 1-2 percent of victims are rescued, and only 1 in 100,000 Europeans involved in trafficking are convicted.(
  • The International Labour Organization (2005) reports that there are 2.45 million trafficking victims currently under exploitative conditions. According to one estimate, human trafficking generates about US$9.5 billion in revenue annually and is linked to other organized crime such as human smuggling, drug trafficking, and money laundering (U.S. Department of State, 2006 U.S. Department of State. (2006). Trafficking in persons report. Washington, DC.U.S. Department of State, 2006). Another calculation estimated that the average profits generated from trafficked forced labor were as high as US$32 billion per year (International Labour Organization, 2005).