Human trafficking statistics:
800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year.
50% are children, 80% women and girls
1 million children are exploited by the global commercial sex trade, every year.
70% of trafficked women and girls are trafficked into the commercial sex industry.
$32 billion–Yearly profits brought in by the human trafficking industry.
$15.5 billion of that is made in industrialized countries.
244,000 – Estimated number of American children and young people estimated to be at risk
12-14 years – Average age of entry into prostitution
In 2009, the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit in the U.S, along with theU.S. Attorneys’ Offices, charged 114 individuals, and obtained 47 convictions in 43 human trafficking prosecutions (21 labor trafficking and 22 sex trafficking). This is highest number of prosecutions and defendants charged in any given year.
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