Healthcare Statistics



Up-to-date statistics on human trafficking are notoriously hard to find. Many studies are outdated, have small sample sizes, or are inundated with stereotypes and personal agendas. Internet searches often consume a lot of time and take away from other work you could be doing. With that in mind, Safe House Project has compiled a list of statistics from reputable sources, including government agencies and peer-reviewed research.


General Health

  • 50% of human trafficking survivors have contact with medical professionals

  • 12% of states have human trafficking training available but optional for healthcare workers

  • 3% of emergency departments report receiving trafficking training

  • 68% of trafficking victims seen by medical professionals are seen in an emergency department

  • 8% of states mandate human trafficking training for some healthcare professionals

  • 10% of states mandate human trafficking training for all healthcare workers

  • 72% of states have no state-regulated human trafficking trainings for healthcare workers

  • Common health issues associated with trafficking

  • A growing body of research indicates that healthcare workers feel ill-equipped to spot the signs of trafficking in patients and intervene effectively.

  • 90% of minor human trafficking victims have contact with medical professionals

Mental Health

  • 75% of survivors report having flashbacks

  • 62% of survivors have PTSD

  • 42% of trafficking victims attempt suicide during their trafficking

  • 36.2% of trafficking victims report developing eating disorders

  • 21% of trafficking survivors attempt suicide following their trafficking

Physical Health

  • 35.2% experienced malnutrition

  • 70% of survivors report physical injuries from their trafficking

  • 67.9% of survivors experienced some type of cardiovascular or respiratory difficulty during the course of their trafficking

  • 50%+ of survivors reported injuries to the face or head

  • 46.7% experienced loss of appetite

  • 42.9% reported severe weight loss

Sexual Health

  • 50% more likely to acquire HIV

  • 62.5% of survivors reporting using birth control during their trafficking went to the doctor alone to get the prescription

  • 80.9% of trafficking victims report being on birth control during their trafficking

  • 79% increase in risk of endometriosis for women who were severely sexually abused

  • 71.2% of trafficking victims report becoming pregnant during their trafficking

  • 67.3% contract STDs/STIs

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