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• Source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor, debt bondage, document servitude, and sex trafficking.

• Trafficking occurs for commercial sexual exploitation in street prostitution, massage parlors, and brothels.

• U.S. citizen victims, both adults and children, found in sex trafficking.

• Top countries of origin for foreign victims in 2010 were Thailand, India, Mexico, Philippines, Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic.

• Annual costs of intimate partner violence were calculated at US$5.8 billion

• 11.8 % of new HIV infections among women over 20 during the previous year were attributed to intimate partner violence.

• 22.1% of women in the United States report intimate partner physical violence in their lifetime.

• 7.7% of women report sexual intimate partner violence in their lifetime.

• 51.9% of women report intimate partner and/or non-partner physical violence in their lifetime.

• 17.6% of women report intimate partner and/or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.



• Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA is a national social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of sex workers and their communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through education and advocacy.

• Global Network of Sex Work Projects — helps to identify issues faced by sex workers at grass roots level, and enables sex workers to respond through action with the local communities and authorities that discriminate against them.

• Freedom Network (USA) established in 2001 is a coalition of 25 non-governmental organizations that provide services to and advocate for the rights of trafficking survivors in the United States.

• Film-makers guy Jacobson and Adi Ezroni risked their lives and overcame death threats to produce film on child sex tourism. Founded The RedLight Children Campaign, designed to motivate people to combat human trafficking.


Source: United Nations Development Fund for Women; UN Women Violence against Women Prevalence Data: Surveys by Country 2011; U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2008; U.S. Department of State 2010 Human Rights Report; U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2011, Compiled by J. Hainsworth