Sex Trafficking Facts & Statistics

The United States is one of the top 3 nations in which trafficking originates.

-2016 U.S. Dept. of State Trafficking In Persons Report

Top 3 States in the USA where Sex Trafficking was reported in 2018 (Polaris)

1. California 2. Texas 3. Florida


The United States is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, transgender individuals, and children—both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals—subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor.

-2016 U.S. Dept. of State T.I.P.


Every 2 minutes a child is being prepared for sexual exploitation.



There are girls as young as 5 and 6 years old in the U.S. that are forced to do

sexual acts for economic gain by their pimp.

-U.S. Department of Justice


The average age a girl enters the commercial sex trade is 12-14 years old. For boys, it’s even younger, just 11-13 years old.

-National Center for Missing and Exploited Children


4,500,000 are being trafficked for forced labor through sexual exploitation every year; this is in addition to the millions already held captive by trafficking.

-ILO 2012


Each year, as many as 100,000-300,000 American children are at risk of being trafficked for commercial sex in the United States. - U.S. Department of Justice Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery—a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 20.9 million people around the world. And no matter where you live, chances are it's happening nearby.



All trafficking victims share one essential experience: the loss of freedom.



The top recruitment tactic by sex traffickers in the US reported by Polaris in 2016 was “Intimate Partner / Marriage Proposition.”


Around three out of every 1,000 persons worldwide are in forced labor at any given point in time.

-International Labor Organization (ILO)


Education about trafficking is necessary for so many reasons. “Victims of human trafficking are often not identified as victims of a crime, but rather considered as persons who have violated migration, labor and/or prostitution laws.”

-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)


Each year an estimated $150 billion is generated by victims of human trafficking, $99 billion in sex trafficking and $51 billion in other forms of trafficking.

-TVPA 2014


Each year, between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. from other countries.

-“2006 Trafficking in Persons Report.” U.S. Department of State, June 2006


About 80 percent of all trafficked individuals are female, about 50 percent are children.

-Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000: Trafficking in Persons

In 2017, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimated that 1 in 7 endangered runaways reported to them were likely sex trafficking victims.

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