Quick Facts

“The Americas are prominent both as the origin and destination of victims of human trafficking. “ – UN Office on Drugs and Crime


10 Facts About Human Trafficking

1. Human trafficking is modern day slavery.
2. There are an estimated  27 million people in modern day slavery. [1]
3. Human trafficking affects every country in the world. America is a country very largely affected. [2]
4. The key issue in modern slavery is vulnerability. [3]
5.  An estimated 293,000 American youth are at risk of becoming victims of commercial sexual exploitation [4]
6. The average age when American children are recruited, coerced, and forced into sex trafficking by a predator/trafficker is 13 years old. [5]
7. The FBI has rescued 105 child sex-trafficking victims, FBI Assistant Director Ronald Hosko announced July 29, 2013. The youngest of the rescued children was 9 years old.[6]
8. One of the most prevalent ways traffickers target pre-teens and teens is through the internet and social media sites like Facebook. [7]
9. Students can make a huge difference once they are empowered and know about the issue.
10. You can go to www.polarisproject.org for more information about human trafficking, America, and the world.



[1] Kevin Bales, Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy (Berkley: University of California Press, 1999, 2000 and 2004).

[4] Richard J. Estes and Neil Alan Weiner, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the U.S.,
Canada, and Mexico (University of Pennsylvania, Executive Summary, 2001).