Global trafficking statistics

20.9 million men, women and children are trapped in some form of forced labour or human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation.

International Labour Organisation, ILO Global Estimate of Forced Labour: Results and methodology, 2012

1.2 million children are trafficked every year.

International Labour Organisation, Every Child Counts: New Global Estimates on Child Labour, 2012

Between 2010 and 2012, victims holding citizenship from 152 different countries were found in 124 countries.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, 2014

UK trafficking statistics 

3,805 potential victims of human trafficking were identified in 2016.

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

More than a third of all potential victims of trafficking (1,278) were children aged 18 and under.

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

The United Kingdom is the most prominent country of origin for trafficked children – a total of 255 reported cases – followed by Albania (227), Vietnam (227), Afghanistan (74), Eritrea (48), Nigeria (43) and Iran (42).

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

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