The Statistics

  • There are 27 million victims of modern day slavery (Bales 2004).
  • Two to four million people are victims of trafficking at any given time (ILO).
  • There are 1.2 million children trafficked every year, with most victims being girls between 5 to 15 years of age. (Unicef)
  • Trafficking in persons is a global business that makes US$7-10 billion each year  (United Nations).
  • Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world.
  • There are 12.3 million adults and children in forced labor, bonded labor, and forced prostitution around the world. (UNODC, Global report on TIP, 2009).
  • In 2009, there were 49,105 victims identified and only 4166 successful trafficking prosecutions.
  • The ratio of convicted offenders to victims identified, as a percentage is 8.5%.
  • The ratio of victims identified to estimated victims, as a percentage is 0.4%.
    The prevalence of trafficking victims in the world is 1.8:1000 people.  In the Asia and Pacific region, that figure is 3:1000.

Further Information

United Nationals Office on Drugs and Crime Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling

Trafficking in Persons Report 2011 (US Department of State)

Forced Labor (International Labor Organisation)