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Because human trafficking is an illegal and an underground industry, it incredibly difficult to obtain reliable statistics. Adding to this challenge is the fact that governments, NGO’s, and others working in the field have varying definitions of the term “human trafficking”. The following statistics are according to the research of JusticeACTS, one of our partnering organizations, of which S-CAPE was birthed out of.

US TIP report, 2012

  • Total slavery worldwide: 20.9 million
  • Labor exploitation: 14.2 million (67.9%)
  • Sexual exploitation: 4.5 million (21.5%)
  • State-imposed force labor: 2.2 million (10.5%)
  • Africa: 3.7 million

UN TIP report, 2012

  • 27% of all global trafficking victims are children
  • Trafficking for organ removal has been found in 16 countries
  • 134 countries/territories have criminalized trafficking
    • Convictions have been very low – of 132 countries covered 2007-2010, 16% had zero convictionsa


  • It is estimated that 10,000 children are in forced labor in SA

Africa and the Middle East (2007-2010)

  • Of the forms of trafficking detected – 49% was forced labor, 36% sexual exploitation, 14% other trafficking, 0.8% organ removal
  • SA was primarily domestic servitude, as well as agriculture
  • Also use of body parts in rituals was reported in East and South Africa – but little data available
  • 3000 Africans identified as trafficking victims to Western and Central Europe between 2007-2010 (mainly West Africans)

(Updated 2014)

US Dept of Health and Human Services (2006 Fact Sheet)

  • After drug dealing, trafficking of humans is tied with arms dealing as the second-largest criminal industry in the world, and it is the fastest-growing.