National Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. With our current culture so heavy in social media, it’s easier than ever to spread the word about Human Trafficking to others. Would you like to donate your Facebook status today to the cause? Or share some stats on your twitter?  Tips: If you are sharing information on your Facebook, be sure to like BCHTA and then mention us in your post. If you are sharing on Twitter, be sure to use the hashtag #NHTAD.

Here are some great stats from Polaris Project‘s website:

Human Trafficking Worldwide

  • 27 million – Number of people in modern-day slavery across the world.
  • 12.3 million – Number of adults and children in forced labor around the world
    • 9.8 million – Number of these that are exploited by private agents for labor or commercial sex purposes.
    • 2.5 million – Number of these that are forced to work by the State or rebel military groups.
  • 49,105 – Number of human trafficking victims around the world who have been identified.
    • 4,166 – Number of successful trafficking prosecutions in 2009.
    • 335 – Number of successful prosecutions related to forced labor.
  • 1.8 per 1,000 inhabitants – Prevalence of trafficking victims in the world.
  • 1:9 – Ratio of sex trafficking victims to labor trafficking victims, globally.
  • 800,000 – Number of people trafficked across international borders every year, as of 2007.
  • 2 million – Number of children exploited by the global commercial sex trade.
  • 1.2 million – Number of children trafficked globally in 2000.
  • 80% – Percent of transnational victims who are women and girls.
  • 50% – Percent of transnational victims who are minors.
  • At least 56% – Percent of trafficking victims globally who are women.
  • 161 – Countries identified as affected by human trafficking:
    • 127 countries of origin; 98 transit countries; 137 destination countries.
    • Note: Countries may be counted multiple times and categories are not mutually exclusive.
  • 116 – Countries that have enacted legislation to prohibit all forms of [human] trafficking.
  • 104 – Countries without laws, policies, or regulations to prevent victims’ deportations.
  • 62 – Countries that have yet to convict a trafficker under laws in compliance with the Palermo Protocol.
  • $32 billion – Total yearly profits, in U.S. dollars, generated by the human trafficking industry.
    • $15.5 billion, half of the total, is made in industrialized countries.
    • $9.7 billion, one-third of the total, is made in Asia.
    • $13,000 per year, on average, generated by each trafficked laborer. This comes to $1,100 per month.
  • $21 billion – A preliminary estimate of the total financial cost of being in a forced labor situation, rather than a free employment situation, to all workers in forced labor across the globe in U.S. dollars.
    • This includes costs such as loss of wages due to being paid below the market wage or not being paid for all hours worked, inflated costs for accommodations and food, and recruitment costs.
    • This does not include the commercial sex industry.

Human Trafficking of U.S. citizens within the U.S.

Statistics on human trafficking of U.S. citizens within the U.S. are scarce, as few studies have been conducted on the issue. Those that have been done tend to focus on sex trafficking, particularly of minors. Therefore, the focus of the statistics below on the domestic sex trafficking of minors is not meant to imply that sex trafficking of adults or the labor trafficking of adults and minors is not a significant issue in the U.S.

  • 100,000 – 300,000 – Number of prostituted children in the U.S.
  • 244,000 – Number of American children and youth estimated to be at risk of child sexual exploitation, including commercial sexual exploitation, in 2000.
  • 98.8 – Percent of suspected or confirmed child victims of domestic sex trafficking taken in by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) nationwide from 2004 to 2010 who were classified as Endangered Runaways.
    • 41.4 – Percent of suspected or confirmed child victims of domestic sex trafficking who were repeat runaways.
    • 46.7 – Percent of suspected or confirmed child victims of domestic sex trafficking who ran from a group home, foster care, DCFS care or a shelter.
    • 3 months – Average length of time the child was missing.
  • 40-70 – Percent of street youth who engage, at least occasionally, in prostitution to meet their basic needs.
    • The population of street youth engaging in prostitution is almost equally divided between boys and girls.
  • 12-14 – Average age of entry into prostitution for girls.
  • 11-13 – Average age of entry into prostitution for boys.
  • 75% of girls engaged in formal street prostitution are controlled by pimps.
  • 95% of all commercial sex engaged in by boys is provided to adult males.


  • 783 – Estimated number of foreign-born persons in Ohio who are sex or labor trafficking victims.
    • 3,437 – Number of foreign-born persons in Ohio who may be at-risk for trafficking.
  • 1,078 – Number of American-born youth in Ohio who are trafficked into the sex trade over the course of a year.
    • 2,879 – Number of American-born youth in Ohio who are at risk for sex trafficking.
  • 15 – Number of cases of human trafficking identified in Columbus and Toledo between January 2003 and June 2006.

Because of Ohio’s proximity to the Canadian border (where human trafficking prosecution is scant, but growing) and the multiple interstate highways crisscrossing through the state, Ohio is one of the leaders in the nation for human trafficking. You can find more information by going to the Polaris Project website. (all stats above taken from Polaris Project material)

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