Prevalence Statistics

How many people are trafficked in the United States?  We don’t know. There is no reliable estimate for the number of trafficking victims in America. We don’t know how many people are trafficked and we don’t know where the hot spots for trafficking are in the United States. We don’t know any of this data for any type of trafficking in the United States whether it involves adults or children, sex or labor.

While we do not yet know a reliable estimate for the number of trafficking victims in the United States; there is general agreement about global estimates for human trafficking.

The International Labor Organization estimated there were:

40.3 Million

Victims of modern slavery globally in 2017

Modern slavery is an umbrella term that includes human trafficking. (Reference ILO, 2017.)

There is no single resource to track cases of human trafficking; however these two resources provide additional information:

Counter Trafficking Data Collaborative

Attempts to combine data for cases around the world

Polaris Project

Tracks the number of survivors in the United States who contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline

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Did you know?


Forced labor in the private economy generates an estimated $150 billion in illegal profits per year.


At any given time in 2016, an estimated 40.3 million people are in modern slavery.


Their are 5.4 victims of modern slavery for every 1,000 people in the world.

If you are in the United States and you need help or you want to learn more about human trafficking:

Call: 1 (888) 373-7888
National Human Trafficking Hotline
SMS: 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”)
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Languages: English, Spanish, and 200 more languages

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