Global trafficking statistics

Worldwide, 40.3 million men, women and children were victims of modern slavery on any day in 2016.

Walk Free Foundation, Global Slavery Index, 2018

1 in 4 victims of modern slavery in 2016 were children - a total of 10.1 million child victims.

International Labour Organisation, Walk Free Foundation and International Organisation for Migration, Global Estimates of Modern Slavery: Forced Labour and Forced Marriage, 2017

UK trafficking statistics

10,627 potential victims of human trafficking were identified in 2018 - a 52% increase from 2018.

Home Office, National Referral Mechanism Statistics: UK, End of Year Summary, 2019

Nearly half (43%) of all potential victims of trafficking  - 4,550 victims - were children aged 18 and under.

Home Office, National Referral Mechanism Statistics: UK, End of Year Summary, 2019

The United Kingdom is the most prominent country of origin for trafficked children – a total of 2,360 reported cases – followed by Vietnam (427), Eritrea (274), Albania (256), Sudan (220), Romania (109), Afghanistan (91), Nigeria (58), Iran (50), Eithiopia (47) and Iraq (46).

Home Office, National Referral Mechanism Statistics: UK, End of Year Summary, 2019

A quarter of all trafficked children go missing from local authority care. 

ECPAT UK and Missing People, Still in Harm's Way: An update report on trafficked and unaccompanied children going missing from care in the UK, 2018