Current Statistics on Human Trafficking and Slavery


Hagar works indiscriminately with people who have escaped trafficking, slavery and abuse. Across our programs, a number of our clients have survived abuse that is considered human trafficking or slavery, including sexual and labour exploitation.

To provide some context to global human trafficking, the following statistics have been extracted from reports by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), The US State Department Trafficking in Persons Report and the Walk Free Foundation.

40.3 million people are living in slavery.*

62% are in Asia*

25% are children (*The Global Slavery Index, 2018)

Every 30 seconds a person is coerced into forced labour and extreme exploitation by human traffickers. (FBI, USA, 2016)

1 in 3 women worldwide have experience either physical and or sexual violence in their lifetime. (UNICEF 2012)


Modern slavery can be found in every corner of our world. The Global Estimates of Modern Slavery estimated that 40.3 million individuals were living in modern slavery; with individuals being exploited for the purpose of sexual exploitation, forced labour, forced marriage, domestic servitude, and forced criminality.

  • Women and girls are vastly over-represented, making up 71 percent of victims.
  • Modern slavery is most prevalent in Africa, followed by the Asia and the Pacific region.
  • In 2018, 122 countries have criminalised human trafficking in line with the UN Trafficking Protocol while only 38 countries have criminalised forced marriage.
  • Modern slavery has been found in many industries including garment manufacturing, mining, and agriculture, and in many contexts, from private homes to settlements for internally displaced people and refugees.

Modern slavery impacts on all of us, from the food we consume to the goods we purchase. It is everyone’s responsibility to address and eliminate this crime everywhere it occurs.


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