Data on trafficking cannot be estimated accurately due to its clandestine nature and undiscovered cases. However, at the global level, the estimated figures reveals the shocking number of women trafficked and exploited world-wide.
Of the 21 million victims of human trafficking, 11.4 million are women. Approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation. It means almost 6 in 10 identified trafficking survivors were trafficked for sex exploitation with women composing an overwhelming majority.
Abuse and negligence in childhood or puberty age often lead young women towards sex trade. Unfortunately, young women and their children are often sold through sex trafficking internationally from members of their own family, in an attempt to escape poverty.
The International Labour Organization was estimating already from 2005 that the yearly profit of human trafficking worldwide was reaching 25 billion Euros.