What Is Human Trafficking?

Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States. It is estimated that human trafficking generates many billions of dollars of profit per year, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational crime.

Human trafficking is a hidden crime as victims rarely come forward to seek help because of language barriers, fear of the traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement.

Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and force them into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. They look for people who are susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of a social safety net, natural disasters, or political instability. The trauma caused by the traffickers can be so great that many may not identify themselves as victims or ask for help, even in highly public settings. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery.


$32 billion to $50 billion: Profit of the human trafficking Industry.

2nd largest, and the fastest growing crime on earth after drug trafficking.

Commercial sex trafficking of minors is the fastest growing sex crime.

80% of victims are female, 50% are children

2 children are trafficked every minute in the U.S.

7 Years, the average life of a commercial sex slave once trafficked.

83% of victims in confirmed sex-trafficking incidents were identified as U.S. citizens.

12-14 years is the average age of entry into sex trafficking of girls, 11-13 years for boys

33% of all runaways will be sexually exploited within 48 hours.

90% of runaways who ultimately end up in the commercial sex trade.

$32,800 is the average weekly earnings of a trafficker in Atlanta.

5000 girls are at risk to be trafficked in Georgia

100 juvenile girls on average are exploited each night in Georgia.

374 is the average number of girls trafficked in Georgia each month

12,400 men pay for sex with a young woman in Georgia, EACH MONTH.

7200 men exploit an adolescent female in Georgia, EACH MONTH.

Atlanta has the highest population of trafficked hispanic women in the Nation.