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California Statistics

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that occurs in every state, including California. The NHTH works closely with service providers, law enforcement, and other professionals in California to serve victims and survivors of trafficking, respond to human trafficking cases, and share information and resources.

Learn more about human trafficking in California by browsing the hotline statistics, resources, and local events listings below.

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The statistics below are based on the contacts -- phone calls, texts, online chats, emails, and webforms -- received by the NHTH that reference California. To protect the identity of the people we serve, the NHTH does not disclose exact statistics related to venues, industries, or caller information when referenced fewer than three times.


Total statistics from 12/7/07 to 12/31/2018.
Since 2007
Total Contacts: 30,456
Total Cases: 8,516
Total Victims - Moderate: 9,761
Cases categorized as “High” contain a high level of indicators of human trafficking. Cases coded as “Moderate” contain several indicators of human trafficking, or resemble common trafficking scenarios but lack core details of force, fraud, or coercion.
Total Victims - High: 8,821
2018 statistics are current as of 12/31/2018.


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