Between 2000-2015, there have been 642 federally prosecuted minor sex trafficking cases compared to 332 adult sex trafficking cases and 102 labor trafficking cases. The sharp increase in minor sex trafficking prosecutions began in 2009 with a 443% increase in a five-year period between 2008 and 2013. However, prosecutions data reveal that, on average, there are fewer victims recovered and less defendants prosecuted in minor sex trafficking cases than adult sex trafficking and labor trafficking cases.
Minor sex trafficking cases dominate federal prosecution strategy on human trafficking
Over 400% increase in minor sex trafficking cases in five-year period between 2008-2013
On average, more victims are recovered in labor trafficking than minor sex trafficking cases
Majority of human trafficking prosecutions involve less than five codefendants per case