Statistics

KEY STATISTICS FOR SEX + LABOR TRAFFICKING
  • 80% of sex trafficking victims are women and girls and up to 50% are minors. (U.S. State Department) - In Plain Sight

  • The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally.

    • 68% of them are trapped in forced labor.

    • 26% of them are children.

    • 55% are women and girls.

  • The International Labor Organization estimates that forced labor and human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide.

  • The U.S. Department of Labor has identified 139 goods from 75 countries made by forced and child labor.

  • In 2016, an estimated 1 out of 6 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely child sex trafficking victims.

    • Of those, 86% were in the care of social services or foster care when they ran.

  • In 2016, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimated that 1 in 6 endangered runaways reported to them were likely sex trafficking victims.

  • Globally, the International Labor Organization estimates that there are 4.5 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation globally.

  • In a 2014 report, the Urban Institute estimated that the underground sex economy ranged from $39.9 million in Denver, Colorado, to $290 million in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • There is no official estimate of the total number of human trafficking victims in the U.S. According to Polaris project, the total number of victims nationally reaches into the hundreds of thousands when estimates of both adults and minors and sex trafficking and labor trafficking are aggregated.