Data and Statistics

The link below is a resource to the data available around the world for human trafficking statistics. This can be compared to the domestic statistics provided in India's human trafficking. The information in the link above allows one to speculate how far anti-trafficking protocols have come in recent years.

  1.  Approximately 75-80% of human trafficking is for sex.There are more human slaves in the world today than ever before in history.
  2. There are an estimated 27 million adults and 13 million children around the world who are victims of human trafficking.
  3. Human trafficking not only involves sex and labor, but people are also trafficked for organ harvesting.
  4. A human trafficker can earn 20 times what he or she paid for a girl. Provided the girl was not physically brutalized to the point of ruining her beauty, the pimp could sell her again for a greater price because he had trained her and broken her spirit, which saves future buyers the hassle. A 2003 study in India found that, on average, a single sex slave earned her pimp at least 250,000 rupees a year.
  5. Although human trafficking is often a hidden crime and accurate statistics are difficult to obtain, researchers estimate that more than 80% of trafficking victims are female. Over 50% of human trafficking victims are children.
  6. Human trafficking is the only area of transnational crime in which women are significantly represented—as victims, as perpetrators, and as activists fighting this crime.
  7. Severe natural disasters have left millions homeless and impoverished, which has created desperate people easily exploited by human traffickers.
  8. After sex, the most common form of human trafficking is forced labor. Researchers argue that as the economic crisis deepens, the number of people trafficked for forced labor will increase.
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  10. Sex traffickers use a variety of ways to “condition” their victims, including subjecting them to starvation, rape, gang rape, physical abuse, beating, confinement, threats of violence toward the victim and victim’s family, forced drug use, and shame.
  11. Family members will often sell children and other family members into slavery; the younger the victim, the more money the trafficker receives. For example, a 10-year-old named Gita was sold into a brothel by her aunt. The now 22-year-old recalls that when she refused to work, the older girls held her down and stuck a piece of cloth in her mouth so no one would hear her scream as she was raped by a customer. She would later contract HIV.
  12. Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises because it holds relatively low risk with high profit potential. Criminal organizations are increasingly attracted to human trafficking because, unlike drugs, humans can be sold repeatedly.

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The data above represents the crime against girls and delves into more information on what cities are profiting the most from human trafficking. In more metropolitan cities, there is a higher economic value for trafficking women and the data is further divided into the amount of girls sold and bought under certain government sectors.