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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 - 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 officially abolished in the U.S. 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



human trafficking underground industry.



rise in reported cases of human trafficking in America, from 2015 to 2016




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



of polled human trafficking survivors estimated that they were 17 years old or younger when they were first (sexually) exploited.




are trafficked globally per year; the majority of victims are women and children.

  • 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 - Liberating 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
Program Needs

To Assist Sex Trafficking Survivors

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


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.


(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) in addition to addressing impacting issues such as trauma bonding, addictions, and fear. 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, thriving human trafficking survivors on-site to counsel, guide, and mentor each survivor increases the potential for success and adds tremendous value to the program.


(1-2 years or more)

A long term residential program or facility helps survivors develop a vision for a new healthy, happy and independent life. Participants are given opportunities to discover their purpose and establish identity while being 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, and other important personal documents. Every Residential Program should have a healthy and thriving human trafficking survivor on staff to help counsel, guide, and mentor each resident in their journey towards health and independence.


Transitional programs assist human trafficking survivors, once they have experienced a healthy level of healing from their trauma. 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, including: computer skills; e-mail; using public transportation; banking; pursuing cash aid programs; creating a resume; applying and paying for college; job interview skills; and organizational skills. Follow up care is also vital through continued involvement 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.


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.

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. CNBC View Article
  3. Polaris Human Trafficking Hotline Cases Jump by 35% in 2016 View Article
  4. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement View Article
  5. Polaris Human Trafficking Hotline View Article
  6. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement View Article

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