Global Law Enforcement Data

Office To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Report

The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2003 added to the original law a new requirement that foreign governments provide the Department of State with data on trafficking investigations, prosecutions, convictions, and sentences in order to fully meet the TVPA’s minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking (Tier 1). The 2004 TIP Report collected this data for the first time. The 2007 TIP Report showed for the first time a breakout of the number of total prosecutions and convictions that related to labor trafficking, placed in parentheses.

YEAR

PROSECUTIONS

CONVICTIONS

VICTIMS IDENTIFIED

NEW OR AMENDED LEGISLATION

2011

7,909 (456)

3,969 (278)

42,291 (15,205)

15

2012

7,705 (1,153)

4,746 (518)

46,570 (17,368)

21

2013

9,460 (1,199)

5,776 (470)

44,758 (10,603)

58

2014

10,051 (418)

4,443 (216)

44,462 (11,438)

20

2015

19,127 (857)

6,615 (456)

77,823 (14,262)

30

2016

14,939 (1,038)

9,072 (717)

68,453 (17,465)

25

2017

17,880 (869)

7,045 (332)

100,409 (23,906)

5

The above statistics are estimates derived from data provided by foreign governments and other sources and reviewed by the Department of State. Aggregate data fluctuates from one year to the next due to the hidden nature of trafficking crimes, dynamic global events, shifts in government efforts, and a lack of uniformity in national reporting structures. The numbers in parentheses are those of labor trafficking prosecutions, convictions, and victims identified.