According to the head of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit, 33 people are arrested on average for child trafficking activities in Los Angeles each year. A human trafficker in the city can make up to $140,000 a year from the sexual activities of a single girl.
In 2011, the United States Department of Justice officially handled 120 cases of human trafficking within the United States. The US Attorney General, Eric Holder, reported that 40 percent of the human trafficking cases reported to the department involves children.
An estimated 40,000 to 70,000 children fall victim to human trafficking in Indonesia each year, according to EPCAT Indonesia. 30 percent of the women who are invovled in prostitution in Indonesia are under the age of 18.
In the U.S. State of Georgia, men were paying $600 to have sex with a 12 year old girl. The girl was being sold by a man who was baby sitting the girl while her mother was at work. The man filled the 12 year old girl with drugs and alcohol before having sex with her and selling her to other men. An estimated 400 girls are sexually exploited in the state of Georgia each month.
According to authorities in Malaysia, the price of a baby being sold on the black market is $6,588 (20,000 Malaysian Ringitt). The price of the baby depends of the skin tone and other physical attributes. The age of the baby when it is sold on the black market is usually between one to three months. However, police have reported cases where the child was as old as 6 years old.
An estimated 3,000 to 4,000 teenagers from Quebec are believed to have been victims of human trafficking, according to a Montreal based youth service agency. The young women from Quebec can be reportedly sold in Ontario for $5,989 (6,000 Canadian Dollars).
UNICEF estimates that 64 million women between the ages of 20 to 24 were forced into a marriage or union before they were 18 years old. In Afghanistan, despite laws stating that the marriageable age for females to be 16, over 60 percent of marriages in the country involve girls who are under that age.
Over 15,000 people are estimated to be working in the prostitution industry in Israel. Out of the total number of prostitutes, one-third, or 5,000 people, are believed to be minors.
An Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent stated that between 2003 and 2011, over 1,900 children who were victims of sex trafficking were rescued by law enforcement in the United States.
According to a book on sex crimes against children, the authors estimate that up to 2 million children are victims of commercial sex exploitation each year, with the number of victims in non-commercial sex even higher.