Statistics on Human Trafficking Around the World

  • Chelsey Mahler
  • Giselle Gaviria
  • Natalie Sarachaga-Barato


There is a continuous need to research the psychological effects of sex trafficking on victims and survivors around the world. In 2000, the United States became the primary leader in combating issues of human trafficking, including sex trafficking, by passing the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA). This anti-trafficking legislation authorized the establishment of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) in the U.S. Department of State (TIP, 2015). The TIP Annual Report is based on the efforts of complying countries that participate in new legislation and support anti-trafficking efforts. Despite this compliance, many have criticized the reliability of statistics disclosed by each individual country, and some have argued that “Human trafficking remains a hidden crime” (CdeBaca & Sigmon, 2014).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chelsey Mahler
    • 1
  • Giselle Gaviria
    • 2
  • Natalie Sarachaga-Barato
    • 3
  1. 1.Nova Southeastern UniversityFort LauderdaleOhioUSA
  2. 2.Walker and AssociatesFort LauderdaleUSA
  3. 3.College of Psychology, Nova Southeastern UniversityFort LauderdaleUSA

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