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

5,145 potential victims of human trafficking were identified in 2017.

National Crime Agency, National Referral Mechanism Statistics: End of Year Summary, 2016

Nearly half (41%) of all potential victims of trafficking (2,118 victims) were children aged 18 and under.

National Crime Agency, National Referral Mechanism Statistics: End of Year Summary, 2017

The United Kingdom is the most prominent country of origin for trafficked children – a total of 677 reported cases – followed by Vietnam (362), Albania (210), Sudan (157), Eritrea (130), Afghanistan (56), Iraq (46), Nigeria (42), Ethiopia (41) and Iran (41).

National Crime Agency, National Referral Mechanism Statistics: End of Year Summary, 2017

More than a quarter of all trafficked children go missing from local authority care. 

ECPAT UK and Missing People, Heading Back to Harm: A study on trafficked and unaccompanied children going missing from care in the UK, 2016