The Counter Trafficking Data CollaborativeGlobal Data Hub on Human Trafficking

The Counter Trafficking Data Collaborative (CTDC) is the first global data hub on human trafficking, with data contributed by organizations from around the world.

156,330 Individual Cases

189 Countries of Exploitation

187 Nationalities

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    Regions-America

    Americas

    Over two thirds of victims trafficked in the Americas experience sexual exploitation. Over 80% of victims are female, and almost a third are children.

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    Europe

    The majority of victims trafficked in Europe are adults, with a slightly higher proportion trafficked for labour than sexual exploitation.

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    Africa

    Victims trafficked in Africa are in almost equal proportions male and female, and more than half are children.

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    Regions-Asia

    Asia

    Most victims exploited in Asia are trafficked for labour exploitation, particularly into domestic work.

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  • Oceania

    The CTDC global victim of trafficking dataset currently contains information on very few cases with Oceania as a region of origin or exploitation. As CTDC expands and new data is added by contributing partners, more data and analysis will be available for the Oceania region.

Demographic Snapshot

Gender Over Time

Over time, a higher percentage of male victims of trafficking has been identified.

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Age of Victims

Approximately a fifth of all victims are children, with girls and boys comprising respectively 56% and 44%

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Means of Control

Adults and Children

Children are controlled more through physical abuse and psychoactive substances than adults.

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Sexual and Labour Exploitation

Victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation are controlled primarily by psychological control tactics.

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Trafficking Journeys

Border Crossings

IOM case data show that 80% of international human trafficking journeys cross through official border points, such as airports and land border control points.

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Travelling in Groups

Around a third of victims travelling through official border points are not exploited during their journey, and are unaware they are being trafficked.

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Industry Sectors

  • Construction

    Most victims of trafficking for labour exploitation are trafficked into domestic work,
    construction and agriculture, manufacturing and hospitality.

    Age and Gender In Construction

    Most age groups have a very low proportion of females trafficked into construction.

    Age and Gender Outside Construction

    This contrasts with the rest of the dataset, in which women make up the majority for most age groups.

  • Domestic Work

    Most victims of trafficking for labour exploitation are trafficked into domestic work,
    construction and agriculture, manufacturing and hospitality.

    Relationship to Recruiter in Domestic Work

    Individuals exploited in the domestic sector are more likely to be recruited by friends and family, i.e. by someone they are likely to trust.

  • Agriculture

    Most victims of trafficking for labour exploitation are trafficked into domestic work,
    construction and agriculture, manufacturing and hospitality.

    Gender in Agriculture

    Compared to the rest of the dataset, a gender balanced workforce appears to be exploited in this sector.

    Gender Outside Agriculture

    There is a much higher proportion of female victims in the rest of the dataset.

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Exploitation Type

Recruiter Relationship

Victims trafficked for sexual exploitation are recruited most often by an intimate partner, and are more likely to be recruited by friends and family than victims of trafficking for labour exploitation.

Sexual and Labour Exploitation Over Time

Identification of victims of trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation has increased over time.

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Working Together

CTDC brings together counter trafficking organizations from around the world to make human trafficking data publicly available in a central, accessible online platform.

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