Human Trafficking Awareness Month Statistics

  2-Jan-04-2023-10-15-57-0538-PM January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month 
Up-to-date statistics on human trafficking are notoriously hard to find. Many studies are outdated, have small sample sizes, or are inundated with stereotypes and personal agendas.

This is particularly true regarding the aftercare landscape in America for survivors of human trafficking. While Safe House Project is working to define aftercare and gather key data in America, the current resources are few and far between. Here are the few we have been able to find:

  • Without restorative care, 80% of survivors will return to their traffickers

  • 75% of US states do not have safe house programs specifically for trafficking survivors

  • Shared Hope International study about the aftercare landscape in America

Things you can do TODAY to raise awareness for survivors:

- Take the FREE training through OnWatch at
-Donate to help survivors at
- Wear Blue- start the conversation in your community and workplace by wearing blue through out the month 
-Share Safe House Project's impact by looking through our 2022 impact report on our website

- Take the H.O.P.E. Training if you're a healthcare worker at


Safe House Project has compiled a list of statistics from reputable sources, including government agencies and peer-reviewed research so you can stay informed.


General Health

  • 50% of human trafficking survivors have contact with medical professionals

  • 12% of states have human trafficking training available but optional for healthcare workers

  • 3% of emergency departments report receiving trafficking training

  • 68% of trafficking victims seen by medical professionals are seen in an emergency department

  • 8% of states mandate human trafficking training for some healthcare professionals

  • 10% of states mandate human trafficking training for all healthcare workers

  • 72% of states have no state-regulated human trafficking trainings for healthcare workers

  • Common health issues associated with trafficking

  • A growing body of research indicates that healthcare workers feel ill-equipped to spot the signs of trafficking in patients and intervene effectively.

  • 90% of minor human trafficking victims have contact with medical professionals

Mental Health

  • 75% of survivors report having flashbacks

  • 62% of survivors have PTSD

  • 42% of trafficking victims attempt suicide during their trafficking

  • 36.2% of trafficking victims report developing eating disorders

  • 21% of trafficking survivors attempt suicide following their trafficking

Physical Health

  • 35.2% experienced malnutrition

  • 70% of survivors report physical injuries from their trafficking

  • 67.9% of survivors experienced some type of cardiovascular or respiratory difficulty during the course of their trafficking

  • 50%+ of survivors reported injuries to the face or head

  • 46.7% experienced loss of appetite

  • 42.9% reported severe weight loss

Sexual Health

  • 50% more likely to acquire HIV

  • 62.5% of survivors reporting using birth control during their trafficking went to the doctor alone to get the prescription

  • 80.9% of trafficking victims report being on birth control during their trafficking

  • 79% increase in risk of endometriosis for women who were severely sexually abused

  • 71.2% of trafficking victims report becoming pregnant during their trafficking

  • 67.3% contract STDs/STIs



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