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Human Trafficking Statistics:
A Global Issue

Human trafficking (also known as modern day slavery) shares the basic idea from the slavery of 200 years ago. The same idea that one person’s life, freedom, and finances can be under the absolute control of another person. Thus, allowing them to be bought, sold, or used at the will of the owner.

Slavery was abolished 150 years ago, and yet there are more people in slavery today than at any other time in our history.

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888


of all human trafficking victims are American




is the estimated revenue generated by human trafficking globally every year.




are estimated to be commercially sexually exploited in the U.S.




of sex trafficking die each year from abuse, disease, torture, and neglect.



of victims

sold into sexual slavery are under 24, and some are as young as six years old.



of children

who have been victims of human trafficking show suicidal tendencies.

  • EDUCATION - Preventing new victims through education and increased awareness of human trafficking.
  • JUSTICE - Creating and enforcing laws that prosecute, incarcerate and/or deter criminals and protect victims.
  • RESCUE - Liberate any person that has been forced, manipulated, or coerced to participate in any type of labor or commercial sex act.
  • SUPPORT - Holistic rehabilitation, restoration and healing from the trauma experienced by human trafficking victims.

"If slavery is not wrong, then nothing is wrong."
-Abraham Lincoln

4 Support
Programatic Needs

To Assist Sex Trafficking Survivors

  • Overview
  • Drop-In Center/Clinic
  • Safe House
  • Residential Program
  • Transition Program

4 Support Programatic Needs

All of these programs to assist those who have been commercially sexually exploited must be victim centered and grounded in trauma informed care. This will ensure that the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of each person are attended to in a holistic way. Having this as a key piece of the organizational structure and treatment framework will increase their ability to recognize, understand, and respond to the various effects and types of trauma, including complex trauma. Trauma informed care must be at the core of the organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma (including complex trauma).


(1-12 Hours)

A drop-in center/clinic is a program/service where people who are being sexually exploited can come to receive resources, emotional support and assistance. These programs and facilities are located near locations where sexually exploited children and adults can have easy access. These centers can be offered in permanent locations or in a mobile/changing location. These centers would provide each victim: personal safety, immediate medical and mental health needs, food, clothing, a support person, etc. Many/most human trafficking victims will leave or be rescued and then return to their trafficker multiple times. This center would act as “links in the chain” until the survivor ultimately becomes strong/tired enough to leave “the life” (i.e. their exploiter). With each interaction, the victim moves closer to accept the center’s offer of assistance to get out of “the life.” Every clinic should have a healthy and thriving human trafficking survivor on site to counsel/guide/mentor each victim; survivors have a much greater ability to connect/relate with the victim.


(1-21 Days)

A safe (or emergency) house is a secured location where no one is allowed access without permission. It is a safe place where law enforcement, case workers or approved prescreened organizations can bring a human trafficking survivor 24/7. Attention will be placed on the survivors immediate needs (i.e. safety, medical care, food, sleep, etc.). In addition to addressing impacting issues like trauma bonding, addictions, fear, etc. The ultimate goal of a safe house is to prepare each survivor to be successful in a long term residential program. However, since human trafficking victims will often run from a shelter within 24-48 hours, planning guests to return multiple times should be accommodated in this program. Also, having healthy and a thriving human trafficking survivors on-site to counsel/guide/mentor each survivor would increase the potential for success and add tremendous value to the program.


(1-2 years (or more)

A long term residential program/facility helps survivors develop a vison for a new healthy, happy and independent life. Participants are given opportunities to discover their purpose, establish identity, and are equipped & empowered to develop important life skills to succeed in their future. This program must be based on trust, accountability, and safety. Each survivor must have holistic care that involves their physical, emotional/ psychological, social and spiritual health. While here, survivors can develop skills in areas like communication, financial management, nutrition and physical fitness. Survivors can also be provided assistance to obtain their ID card, Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, health insurance, etc. Every Residential Program should have a healthy and thriving human trafficking survivor on staff to help counsel/guide/mentor each resident in their journey towards health and independence.


Transitional programs assist human trafficking survivors, once they have experienced some healing from their trauma to a healthy level then a transitional plan to pursue independence can be implemented. A crucial step in helping a survivor move towards independence is finding affordable housing and strong employment. As these basic needs are met survivors can continue developing the skill sets they have been working on in their residential program: like computer skills, email, using public transportation, banking, pursue cash aid programs, create a resume, apply and pay for college, job interview, organizational& time management skills, etc. Follow up care is will also be vital through staying involved in support groups and/or ongoing counseling. The ultimate goal of this program is to help create a tremendous sense of confidence and assurance in their pursuit and successful arrival at becoming fully independent.


Statistics References

  1. Harris, Kamala D. (2012). The State of Human Trafficking in California. Attorney General’s Office, California Department of Justice. View Report
  2. "Human Trafficking: California Attorney General Kamala Harris Vows Crackdown", Huffington Post View Article
  3. Polaris Project (2010) “Types of Trafficking Cases in the US.” View Article
  4. Malarek, Victor. 2003. The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade. New York, NY: Arcadia Publishers.

FAQ References
Much of the ideas and information in these questions and answers were borrowed from United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Polaris Project. The original document source may be found at the following locations:

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Definition)
    United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (3 Core Elements)
  3. Polaris Project
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  6. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  7. Polaris Project
  8. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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