This document includes statistics and information on domestic violence and human trafficking in Native Hawaiian communities by the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence.
In interviews with 22 individuals in Hawai’i, of which 15 were female survivors of sex trafficking and 7 were parents, close family members, or guardians of a child who was a victim of sex trafficking:
- 77.3% of sex trafficking victims were Native Hawaiian.
- 72.2% of victims of all races/ethnicities were first trafficked by a family member and 16.6% by a drug dealer
In a study of individuals (12+ years old) from five Hawaiian islands receiving services from a social services agency, 100 victims of sex trafficking were identified
- 64% of victims identified as being all or some Native Hawaiian (11.3% were Native Hawaiian and 52.6% part Native Hawaiian).*
- 25.8% of victims of all races/ethnicities were trafficked by a family member, 24.7% were trafficked by a friend, and 22.7% were trafficked by a boyfriend.
- Of the 23 victims who had been under 18 when they were sex trafficked, 13% were Hawaiian and 47.8% were part Native Hawaiian.
* Given that full or part Native Hawaiians made up 46% of all 363 participants surveyed in the study, they are disproportionately overrepresented among sex trafficking victims