Human trafficking is an underground crime, so it’s difficult to measure.
More research is desperately needed. But we know the problem is real. We know the problem is big. And behind every estimate is a real person who cannot be dismissed. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimated in 2017 that 4 million children are being exploited and sex trafficking and labor trafficking at any given moment. However, in 2017, the ILO expanded their reporting on trafficking & exploitation to include forced marriage. Under that definition including forced marriage, 40.3 million are estimated to be victims, including nearly 10 million children. Historically, Love146 has focused on the issue of child sex trafficking. In 2012, however, we expanded our mission to also include children exploited in labor trafficking. Today, our programs work to address both sex and labor trafficking.