Child trafficking on the rise

By Drum Digital
24 November 2014

One third of human trafficking victims are children, and their share has been rising.

One third of human trafficking victims are children, and their share has been rising, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said Monday.

The problem is most acute in Africa and the Middle East, where the majority of trafficked people are boys and girls, the UN agency said in a report.

However, this crime is a global phenomenon. UNODC has collected information about victims from 152 countries, who have been forced into sex work, forced labour and other activities against their will in 124 countries.

Although most countries have laws that ban human trafficking, it is rarely persecuted.

"As a result, the number of convictions globally has remained extremely low," UNODC chief Yuri Fedotov said.

Between 2010 and 2012, some 40 per cent of countries reported no or very few convictions per year.

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