What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery.  It is defined as the "recruiting, harboring, transportation, providing, or obtaining of a person for  compelled labor or commercial sex acts through force, fraud, or coercion" (U.S. Department of State).

Global Trafficking

Over 20 million victims worldwide (Polaris Project)

Total market value of over 32 billion US dollars (UN)

Over 1.2 million children trafficked each year (UNICEF)

Affects at least 161 countries worldwide (Polaris Project)


Domestic Trafficking 

Between 100,000 and 300,000 underage girls are sold for sex in the U.S. every year (US State Department)

Girls are sold for $400 an hour (Shared Hope, Int'l)

Reported trafficking cases in all 50 States (US State Department)

1 out of 5 pornographic images is of a child (US department of Justice) 

(The above Statistics were pulled from the Women At Risk, International website) 

Other Statistics

  • Some conservative estimates project 10% - 15% of trafficked children in the U.S. are boys, with a considerable portion of them transgender.


  • Sex trafficking occurs when force, fraud or coercion is used to cause a commercial sex act with an adult,  Force, fraud or coercion need not be present for sex traffciking to occur witha  child under the age of 18.  When a commercial sex act occurs with a child under the age of 18, it is by definition sex trafficking.  [According to the U.S. Department of State] 


  • A commercial sex act is identified by the exchange of anything of value (eg. money, drugs, food, clothing, shelter) for a sexual act. [According to the Department of Justice] 


        • It is projected that between 60% and 70% of trafficked children in the U.S. come from child social services or the foster care system. [According to an FBI Investigation in 2013]


          • An estimated 1 in 7 runaways are likely victims of sex trafficking, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 2017


          • LGBTQ youth are more vulnerable to being sex-trafficked because they have higher runaway rates, as a result of more discrimination violence and economic problems than their non-LGBTQ peers.  [According to the U.S. Department of Sate and Polaris] 


          • According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the average age a child first becomes a victim of sex trafficking is between 12-14


          • 84% of those in sex slavery were sexually abused as children, according to World Without Exploitation


          • 8% of trafficking survivors reported being arrested, according to National Survivor Network, whereas we estimate fewer than 10% of buyers are arrested.

          (The above statistics were pulled from the USIAHT website)