*Please note that this number reflects the incidences of potential trafficking cases or official cases that were reported through those hotlines- this is not a prevalence estimate. 


Many people ask "how many people are experiencing conditions of trafficking?"

While this is an important question to attempt to answer, it is an extremely difficult question to answer. Human trafficking is a hidden crime, meaning a crime that happens in the black market or "behind closed doors" because it is an illicit trade. In addition, people who have experienced conditions of trafficking often do not come forward because of a variety of factors. As such, it is extremely difficult to determine how many trafficking victims there are in the world, or in the United States. It is important to be cautious when using statistics related to prevalence of trafficking because there is so little methodologically sound data that answers that question.