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. From the girl forced into prostitution at a truck stop, to the man discovered in a restaurant kitchen, stripped of his passport and held against his will. All trafficking victims share one essential experience: the loss of freedom.
- 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 136 goods from 74 countries made by forced and child labor.
- In 2015, an estimated 1 out of 5 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely child sex trafficking victims.
- Of those, 74% were in the care of social services or foster care when they ran.
- There is no official estimate of the total number of human trafficking victims in the U.S. Polaris estimates that 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.
Statistics from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline and Polaris BeFree Textline
- More than 27,000 total cases of human trafficking have been reported to the NHTRC hotline in the last eight years.
- The NHTRC hotline annually receives multiple reports of human trafficking cases in each of the 50 states and D.C. Read more NHTRC hotline statistics here.
- The number of human trafficking cases that Polaris learns about in the U.S. increases every year.Review our 2015 statistics fact sheet here.
- 23% of texting conversations on the Polaris BeFree Textline were from survivors of human trafficking compared to 11% of phone calls on the NHTRC hotline. Read Polaris BeFree Textline statistics here.
- The NHTRC hotline receives an average of 100 calls per day. Read stories of survivors who called the hotline for help.
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