Statistics used throughout our Web site are cited below.

Statistics: Domestic Sex Trafficking of Youth

The average age of recruitment of girls into sex trafficking is 12-14 years old, boys is 11-13 years old and transgender youth is 11-13 years old. [1]

30% of youth living in shelters and 70% of youth living on the streets are survivors of sex trafficking. [2]

In one New York study, 85% of youth trafficking survivors had experienced some contact with the child welfare system, mostly in the context of abuse and neglect allegations/ investigations and/ or a foster care placement. [3]

70% of young survivors of domestic sex trafficking have experienced repeated or severe episodes of neglect, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and physical abuse in their homes. [4]

Experiencing a sexually abusive dating relationship puts a young survivor at a high risk for domestic sex trafficking.


1. Clawson, H. J., Dutch, N., Solomon, A., & Goldblatt Grace, L. Human Trafficking Into and Within the United States: Review of the Literature. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, August 2009, page 8-9.

2. Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Fact Sheet. Innocence Lost Working Group (2010).

3. Gragg, F., Petta, I., Berstein, H., Eisen, K., & Quinn, L. New York Prevalence Study of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children: Final Report. Rensselaer, NY: New York State Office of Children and Family Services, 2007, page ii.

4. Basson, D., Rosenblatt, E., & Haley, H. Research to Action: Sexually Exploited Minors (SEM) Needs and Strengths. CA: West Coast Children’s Clinic, 2012 page 7.