Child Trafficking Facts

  • Today there are an estimated 1.8 million children who are working as child slaves all over the world, from America to Africa and beyond.

  • According to the U.S. Department of State, child/human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world, second only to trafficking of drugs.

  • On Ghana’s Lake Volta, labor for fishing and farming industries is often provided through child trafficking. Up to 30 percent of the children in that area are child slaves.

  • Even in the United States, human trafficking is rampant. Nationwide, the average age of a girl who is trafficked for sex and forced into prostitution is 13 years old. This happens in every major city in the country, and even in smaller towns as well.

  • As many as 2.8 million children run away each year in the US. Within 48 hours of hitting the streets, one-third of these children are lured or recruited into the underground world of prostitution and pornography.
  • An estimated 14,500 to 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States each year. The number of U.S. citizens trafficked within the country is even higher, with an estimated 200,000 American children at risk for trafficking into the sex industry.

  • As of 2007, an estimated 2.5 million people were in forced labor (including sexual exploitation) at any given time as a result of trafficking. Of these:
    1.4 million – 56% – are in Asia and the Pacific

    250,000 – 10% – are in Latin America and the Caribbean
    230,000 – 9.2% – are in the Middle East and Northern Africa
    130,000 – 5.2% – are in sub-Saharan countries
    270,000 – 10.8% – are in industrialized countries
    200,000 – 8% – are in countries in transition.
    The numbers have only grown in the last five years.

    Sources: UNICEF, US State Department, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, International Labour Organization