In France, a group of Roma were arrested and convicted in court for operating a child trafficking ring where the children were forced to steal.
In court testimony, prosecutors stated that child brides were being sold for $270,000 in cash. The value of the child was based upon the child’s ability to steal. One Roma told the court that he was stealing up to $7,000 worth of cash and jewels for his parents since he was 13.
(Earnings and profit from the underground economy.)
Source: Dan Bilefsky, “Are the Roma Primitive, or Just Poor?,” New York Times, October 19, 2013.
Security officials in the United Kingdom reported that there were a total of 371 children who fell victim to human trafficking in 2012. The number of children officially registered as victims was 50 percent higher than the 234 children identified in 2011.
In 2012, the largest number of children trafficked into the UK was from Vietnam, where 95 children were from. 67 children were from Nigeria and 25 were from China. 20 British girls were also identified.
For adults, there were 786 women identified as human trafficking victims in 2012, an increase of 12 percent from the year before. 400 men were trafficking victims, an increase of nearly a third.
(Prices paid for human trafficking victims.)
Source: Steven Swinford, “Girl smuggled into Britain to have her ‘organs harvested’,” Telegraph, October 18, 2013.
According to study released by Australian NGO Walk Free Foundation, there are 29.8 million people living as slaves in the world as of 2013. The foundation defined slaves as people who are in forced labor conditions, victims of human trafficking, children who were bought and sold, and women forced into marriage.
India has the most slaves in the world, with the number of slaves in the country reported to be between 13.3 million and 14.7 million people. China had the second most slaves, with 2.8 million to 3.1 million people living in slave-like conditions. Pakistan had the third most, with 2 to 2.2 million slaves.
Source: Krishnadev Calamur, “India, China Top List Of Nations With Most Slaves,” NPR, October 17, 2013, and Alexander Smith, “30 million people still live in slavery, human rights group says,” NBC News, October 17, 2013.
A report by an Assembly Member in London stated that there were 389 cases of human trafficking identified by London’s Metropolitan Police between January to October 2013. Out of those cases, 36, or 9 percent, were picked up by the police.
In total, 39 percent of all human trafficking cases identified in Britain was located in the city of London.
The Metropolitan Police has carried out 146 investigations into human trafficking and has charged 282 people between April 2010 and October 2013.
Source: “Met picked up 9% of human trafficking victims, report says,” BBC News, October 13, 2013.
In an article by the Korean Times, a 26 year old female stated that she was working as a prostitute after defecting from North Korea. The woman stated that she borrowed $6,000 from a broker to obtain the necessary documents to help her defect to South Korea. The woman was told that she would be working at a karaoke bar in order to repay the loan.
Once in South Korea, the woman had her passport taken and was forced to work in a brothel. The woman would earn $70 for each session she had with a customer.
The sex industry in South Korea is estimated to be worth $12 Billion, with 46,000 brothels in operation.
(More earnings and income from the black market.)
Source: Kim Young-jin and Kim Jae-won, “Int;l sex trafficking – Korea’s open secret,” Korea Times, October 14, 2013.
A report by the Home Office stated that the annual revenue that a human trafficker can earn by forcing a woman to work as a prostitute is $77,000 (£48,000).
Security officials in the UK estimate that the total market of human trafficking in the UK is worth $200 Million (£130 Million). If the entire social and economic costs from human trafficking were included, then the cost to the UK would be $1.4 Billion (£840 Million).
The total costs of organized crime in the UK is $38.6 Billion.
Source: Rosa Silverman, “Trafficking of women for sex in UK worth £130m,” Telegraph, October 7, 2013.
According to the International Labour Organization, there were 168 Million children working in forced labor conditions at the end of 2012.
Between 2008 to 2012, the number of children working worldwide dropped from 215 million to 168 million.
In Bangladesh, an estimated 7.4 million children between the ages of 5 to 17 were working.
Source: Harriet Grant, “Child labour falls by a third to 168 million, says ILO,” Guardian, September 23, 2013.
The United States Department of State reported that the operator of an organized child begging ring can make up to $40,000 a year in Shenzhen, China. An organized child begging ring involves children who are forced to beg for money in popular locations. Begging ring coordinators prefer to use disabled children in order to collect more money. The trafficker in charge of the ring collects the money from the child beggar. In Saudi Arabia, it was reported that an organized child begging ring can make up to $15,000 a month.
It has been reported that in India, doctors would be paid $200 in order to amputate a child’s limb for the purpose of begging.
Source: Jillian Keenan, “Keep the Change: Giving money to child beggars is the least generous thing a tourist can do,” Slate, September 30, 2013.
Mexican officials stated that there are 85,000 children in Mexico who are victims of child pornography.
Over 1,300 websites in Mexico are dedicated to displaying pornographic images of children.
In 2012, law enforcement arrested 16 people for child pornography charges, while investigated 11,000 cases.
According to officials, Mexico is the world’s number one distributor of child pornography.
Source: Marguerite Cawley, “Mexico Is World Leader in Child Pornography: Officials,” Insight Crime, September 30, 2013.