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Girls constitute 71pc of global human trafficking victims: UN

30 July 2017,Sunday, 11:39



Women and girls comprise 71 percent of human trafficking victims, according to a global report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on Trafficking in Persons.

Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes, including forced labour and sex.

The International Labour Organisation estimated that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally which also includes victims of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation, reports UNB.

While it is not known how many of these victims were trafficked, the estimate implies that there are currently millions of trafficking in persons’ victims in the world.

Every country is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims.

In 2013, the General Assembly designated July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

In the statement of the UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov on United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons he said UNODC is observing the day with the theme - “Let's act now to protect and assist trafficking victims."

This is especially important because of the links between conflict and trafficking and migrant smuggling.

“Criminal groups feed off the world's conflicts and the instability and insecurity they create. Conflict is a breeding ground for criminal activity; people forced from their homes are falling prey to human traffickers as they try desperately to escape the violence,” he said.

The UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons shows that, before 2011, Syrians were less likely to become victims of this cruel crime.

Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, however, an increasing number of countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East have detected trafficking victims from this country, he added.

“On the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, let's act now to help and protect the victims and to end this crime forever,” he urged.

 

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