Freedom for Women Trapped in
Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery

Facts and figures

Sex slavery in Germany

Number and age structure of the victims

According to the National Situation Report on Trafficking in Human Beings published by the Bundeskriminalamt (Federal Criminal Police Office, abbreviated BKA), 482 investigations into human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation were concluded in Germany in 2011, 50 of these in Hamburg.

There were altogether 640 investigations into human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation, which is about 5% more than during the previous year. 56% of the victims were under the age of 21, 12% were minors and 2% (i.e. 13 individuals) were aged below 14 at the time of the offence. 94% of the victims were female, 6% were male.

Are these the actual figures?

These figures are just the tip of the iceberg when facing the reality of human trafficking in Germany. According to the modest estimates of the BKA the number of victims may amount to tens of thousands a year. The exact figures are unknown as there is no reliable data.

“The official recorded number of investigations into human trafficking does not reflect the actual proportions of this crime. This is due to the fact that although incidents are being reported, studies show that the affected are often reluctant to press charges and to make a statement. (...) All in all, it can be assumed that much of human trafficking remains hidden.”   BKA Straftatbestand Menschenhandel (PDF)

Nationalities of the victims

Roughly 87% of the identified victims of sex slavery in Germany in 2011 were Europeans: approx. 21% of the victims were German, 25% Romanian, 15% Bulgarian and 9% Hungarian. The victims from Turkey, Poland and the Czech Republic each represented 5% of the total number. 6,9% of the victims were of an African origin and 1,4% came from Asia. The rest of the victims came from North or South America or their country of origin could not be identified.

More information is available on the website of the German nationwide activist coordination group combating trafficking in women and violence against women in the process of migration. ->