Statistics of Human Trafficking & Modern Day Slavery


“The great commission includes the great abolition. There’s no divorce between the two.” – Benjamin Nolot (from the Abolition Summit)

32 billion — Total yearly profits generated by the human trafficking industry. That is more than Nike, Starbucks and Google combined.

$15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries.

$9.7 billion in Asia.

$13,000 per year generated on average by each “forced laborer.” This number can be as high as $67,200 per victim per year.

Source: ILO, A global alliance against forced labor: 2005.

800,000 — Number of people trafficked across international borders every year.

The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report in 2001 and 2002 estimated this figure at 700,000. The TIP in 2003 estimated 800,000 to 900,000 victims. Reports from 2004-2006 reported 600,000 to 800,000 victims.

Source: U.S. Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Report: 2007.

30 million — Number of people in modern-day slavery across the world.

According to the 2010 TIP Report,  estimates vary from 4 to 30 million. The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates 2.4 million people were victims of human trafficking from 1995-2005. This estimate uses the UN Protocol definition of human trafficking and includes both transnational and internal data.

Source: Kevin Bales of Free the Slaves

244,000 — Number of American children and youth estimated to be at risk of child sexual exploitation, including commercial sexual exploitation, in 2000.


Source: Estes, Richard J., and Neil A. Weiner. The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work: 2001.

The study funded by the Department of Justice, National Human Trafficking Resource Center, a service of Polaris Project