10 facts you didn’t know about Human Trafficking

1. Human Trafficking is the third largest international crime industry in the world. The International Labor Organization estimates that it generated about $150 billion in 2012, with two–thirds of that amount tied to sexual exploitation. (source:

3.  The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12 to 14 years old.
(source: “Human Trafficking Into and Within the United States: A Review of the Literature.”

5.  600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across the U.S. border every year. Eighty percent are female, and half are children.

9.  The U.S. Department of State estimates that only 0.4 percent of human trafficking victims have been identified. (source:

2.  Three of the highest child human trafficking areas in the U.S. are in CALIFORNIA: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. (source:

6.  Though women make up 98 percent of human trafficking victims, there are about 400,000 men and boys being trafficked in the world today. (source:

8.  Globally, the average cost of a person in human trafficking is $90. (source:

10.  The Salvation Army’s efforts to fight human trafficking in the U.S. began in the late 1800s, when it opened homes for women and children caught in organized sexual exploitation. Within 30 years, there were 117 Rescue Homes. In later years, the Army’s efforts to combat human trafficking were a major catalyst in the passing of the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885, which raised the age of consent from 13 to 16. (source:

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