trafficking statistics


National Statistics: 

  • Human trafficking is the fastest-growing organized crime activity in the United States, making almost $32 billion a year for traffickers while destroying the lives of tens of thousands of innocent children. Nearly 70 percent of these transactions now take place online. (The Hill.Com. March 2, 2018)
  • The annual number of persons prosecuted for commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) cases filed in U.S. district court nearly doubled between 2004 and 2013, increasing from 1,405 to 2,776 cases. Most suspects arrested for CSEC crimes were male (97 percent), were U.S. citizens (97 percent), were white (82 percent), had no prior felony convictions (79 percent) and were not married (70 percent). CSEC suspects had a median age of 39 years, and more than half (56 percent) had no more than a high school education. (Bureau of Justice Statistics)
  • Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline, operated by Polaris, has received reports of 22,191 sex trafficking cases inside the United States. Find more Hotline statistics here.
  • In 2016, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimated that 1 in 6 endangered runaways reported to them were likely sex trafficking victims (view infographic here)
  • Globally, the International Labor Organization estimates that there are 4.5 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation globally.
  • In a 2014 report, the Urban Institute estimated that the underground sex economy ranged from $39.9 million in Denver, Colorado, to $290 million in Atlanta, Georgia
  • The Department of Justice has reported that more than half of sex-trafficking victims are 17 years old or younger
  • In the United States,  over eight in ten suspected incidents of human trafficking involve sex trafficking. (US DOJ Bureau of Statistics)
  • NCMEC reported an 846% increase from 2010 to 2015 in reports of suspected child sex trafficking—an increase the organization has found to be “directly correlated to the increased use of the Internet to sell children for sex (Testimony of Yiota G. Souras, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Nov. 2015)

    ***Above national trafficking statistics taken from the Polaris Project.

statistics for northern virginia*

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*Disclaimer: Every attempt has been made to provide the most accurate data available. Unless otherwise stated, statistics reflect the Northern Virginia region only. The numbers here refer to the years 2013-2016.