27 per cent of all victims of human trafficking officially detected globally were children -UNODC

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27 per cent of all victims of human trafficking officially detected globally between 2007 and 2010 are children, up 7 per cent from the period 2003 to 2006.

That according to the 2012 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons released by the UN Office on drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The Report, which is based on official data supplied by 132 countries, notes that also worrying is the increase in the number of girl victims, who make up two- thirds of all trafficked children. Girls now constitute 15 to 20 per cent of the total number of all detected victims, including adults, whereas boys comprise about 10 per cent.

The vast majority of trafficked persons are women, accounting for 55 to 60 per cent of victims detected globally. However, the total proportion of women and girls together soars to about 75 per cent, with men constituting about 14 per cent of the total of detected victims.

Executive Director of UNODC, Yury Fedotov, commenting on the findings, says “Human trafficking requires a forceful response founded on the assistance and protection for victims, rigorous enforcement by the criminal justice system, a sound migration policy and firm regulation of the labour markets.”

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

 

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