Human trafficking is the buying and selling of men, women and children within countries and across borders in order to exploit them for profit through deceptive or threatening means for purposes including sexual exploitation, forced labour, forced begging, illegal adoption, organ removal and forced marriage.
  • Global human trafficking estimates range from 21-45 million people. (IOM X/ Global Slavery Index)

  • Of people who are trafficked, 51% are women, 21% are men and 28% children. (UNODC)

  • Human trafficking generates US $150 billion worldwide. Of that, US $99 billion comes from commercial sexual exploitation.  (ILO)

  • The highest profits of human trafficking -- US $52 billion -- are made in the Asia Pacific region. (IOM X)

  • There were only 14,894 prosecutions and 9,071 convictions for trafficking globally in 2016. (2017 TIP report)

  • In 2016, there were 2,137 prosecutions, 1,953 convictions and the identification of 9,989 victims in East Asia & the Pacific (2017 TIP Report)