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

6,993 potential victims of human trafficking were identified in 2018.

National Crime Agency, National Referral Mechanism Statistics: End of Year Summary, 2018

Nearly half (45%) of all potential victims of trafficking (3,137 victims) were children aged 18 and under.

National Crime Agency, National Referral Mechanism Statistics: End of Year Summary, 2018

The United Kingdom is the most prominent country of origin for trafficked children – a total of 1,421 reported cases – followed by Vietnam (320), Sudan (232), Albania (217), Eritrea (196), Romania (74), Iraq (66), Eithiopia (63), Afghanistan (55), Nigeria (49) and Iran (39).

National Crime Agency, National Referral Mechanism Statistics: End of Year Summary, 2018

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