Shocking Statistics about Human Trafficking

Posted: May 27, 2011 in crime, crime rates
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I try to keep up to date on various things in the forensic and criminology fields when I’m not writing.  Basically, I read and study whenever I have a spare moment.  Sometimes when I come across information that really makes me pause for a moment and take a deep breath in disbelief, I feel compelled to post it.

I just read a report from the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on the statistics of human trafficking.  This is a significant problem and seems to be steadily rising worldwide.

  • 161 countries are reported to be affected by human trafficking by being the source, transit, and/or destination country.
  • 2.45 million people are estimated to be trafficked at any given time.
  • There is an estimated 1.2 million children trafficked each year.
  • The majority of trafficking victims are between the ages of 18 – 24.
  • 95% of trafficking victims experience physical and sexual violence during trafficking.
  • 79% of trafficking victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation.
  • 18% of trafficking victims are trafficked for forced labor.
  • 66% of victims are adult women.
  • 20% of victims are minors.


Jennifer Chase
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  1. Thanks for posting this and raising awareness about this terrible reality.

    Help us spread awareness by joining our photo petition against sex trafficking and liking our blog and Facebook page. Please see our website for more details.

    Thanks so much!

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