71% of Trafficking Victims Are Kids, Women

71% of Trafficking Victims Are Kids, Women

Children make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide, while women and girls comprise 71%, according to a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report. Based on the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, women and girls tend to be trafficked for marriage and sexual slavery while men and boys are typically exploited for forced labor in the mining sector and as porters, soldiers and slaves. UNODC executive director Yury Fedotov said “trafficking for sexual exploitation and for forced labor remain the most prominently detected forms.” While 28% of detected trafficking victims worldwide are children, 64% was reported in regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa and Central America and 62% in the Caribbean. Fedotov emphasized the link between human trafficking and armed groups who often engage in trafficking in their territories of operation, coercing women and girls into marriages or sexual slavery, and pressing men and boys to forced labor or becoming combatants.


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