- 35-40 million victims of sex trafficking occur every day
- Estimates show that, internationally, only about .04% of survivors of trafficking cases are identified, meaning that the majority of cases go undetected.
- The average age of trafficking victims is 12 years old
- 79% of all human trafficking is sexual exploitation
- The “industry” is estimated at $99 billion market value
To put this number into perspective – the sex trafficking industry is larger than the global cocaine market and almost as big as the global PC market.
- During the pandemic, online recruitment increased by 22%
Studies found significant growth in social media sites of potential victims for whom Facebook (120% increase) and Instagram (95% increase) were the sites for recruitment.
- 20-30% of all victims are children.
- In some parts of Africa and the Mekong region, children are the majority (almost 100%).
Sex trafficking is a devastating phenomenon that affects many individuals around the world. There are several reasons why people end up being victims of sex trafficking:
- Recent migration trends
- Mental health issues
- Unstable housing
- Drug abuse
These are some of the vulnerabilities that increase the likelihood of being trafficked. It is a sad reality that those vulnerable individuals are targeted by traffickers who exploit and manipulate their vulnerabilities and circumstances for their benefit.
Unfortunately, being in a vulnerable situation doesn’t automatically make someone a trafficking victim. However, perpetrators of trafficking are skilled in identifying clear and identifiable vulnerabilities that allow them to prey on their victims. It is essential to address the root causes of these vulnerabilities and create support systems to prevent and combat human trafficking. By raising awareness of the issue, promoting education and advocacy, we can all help prevent future trafficking situations and provide support to those who need it.
How Can You Help?
The Sound of Freedom Foundation needs your assistance in building our network of resources to help parents reunite with their children and to work with law enforcement to fight human trafficking worldwide.