I come across this image below circulation on the internet.
The image is comparing the human trafficking arrests during Trump's and Obama's administrations. Are these figures true?
The earliest mention online - and thus likely the source for this - seems to be maga1776.com.
The numbers for 2010 to 2016 are official statistics - the 2016 numbers are directly from ICE, the earlier numbers are not from a reliable source (washington examiner), but I don't think that they are in doubt. Note that these numbers are specifically about arrests made by ICE - or more specifically the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) created under Obama in 2010 - , not all arrests related to trafficking.
The numbers for 2017 are not from ICE, but collected by maga1776.com from various news articles. Just looking at the links with the highest cases, we can see that they are fake or misleading.
The 900 cases for example link to RT (not a reliable source). They were in fact 870 arrests, not 900, and they were world wide and not related to ICE arrests (which is what the Obama stats are about).
The 1035 arrests are sourced to daytondailynews.com, but again not ICE arrests but arrests made by the police. The second 1012 arrests are sourced to theconservativetreehouse.com, but again they were not arrests made by ICE, but by the DOJ. According to the source, they are also not about human trafficking, but sexual assault of children. The 350 number is sourced to breaking911.com and is about documentation of rape of children, which is not directly related to human trafficking. The arrests were also not made by ICE.
As mentioned in the comments, the real numbers for 2017 are not out yet, so we cannot say how many human trafficking arrests ICE has made. What we can say is that the 6355 number is made up.
The numbers for Trump are sourced from individual news stories, the numbers for Obama are sourced from composite numbers released for entire years, one year reported by ICE (2016), the rest directly from the Washington Examiner stories (some or all of which are currently unavailable).
Looking through a few of the sourced news links, I believe what the people behind the graphic have done is change the definition of "human trafficking" to include any arrest for soliciting prostitution / running a brothel under Trump (e.g. these 10 arrests in NC and these 2 arrests of women, aged 61 and 52 in OH). I say I believe because I cannot find any data from the ICE source for Obama's 2016 numbers to determine if those also include arrests for ("willful") prostitution.
It should also be noted that, according to the source, just about half of the arrests under the Trump administration was the result of 4 operations conducted by the DoJ, one of them in conjunction with Europol and two of them resulting in over 2,000 individuals arrested combined. One of those operations was conducted late January 2017 that resulted in almost 500 arrests, and it is arguable that it was likely planned/coordinated under the Obama administration rather than Trump.
As far as the underlying message of the graphic, I can find it easy to attribute to Trump an increase in attention to these numbers due to his administration's increased attention to immigration enforcement. I also find it easy to believe that what the graphic is portraying is an apples to oranges comparison to paint Trump more favorably than Obama.
NO. Arrests statistics were lower in 2017 than 2016.
As has been pointed out the 2017 numbers shown in the chart are for all arrests by every agency - state, local and federal - made worldwide. The previous years' numbers in the chart are only for ICE/HSI arrests.
The White House released the 2017 ICE/HSI statistics in March, 2018. We can now compare apples to apples.
2017: 833 human trafficking cases; 1602 arrests; 578 convictions and 518 victims identified.
2016: 1029 human trafficking cases; 1952 arrests; 631 convictions and 435 victims identified.
This graph is a false comparison, as has been stated earlier. We now have the 2017 and 2018 ICE numbers, and they show that Trump had fewer yearly arrests than Obama.
Earlier in the thread, some people said they could only find the 2016 numbers, and that they were from the Washington Examiner. That is not accurate, the ICE data is publicly available. Here are the numbers, and direct links to the official 2013-2018 releases.