The United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre has reported that 2,077 potential victims of human trafficking were identified in 2011. The figures were submitted by police agencies, the UK Border Agency and other law enforcement agencies.
Out of the total number of victims, 31 percent were trafficked for sexual exploitation. 22 percent were victims of labor trafficking, 17 percent for various criminal activities, 11 percent for domestic servitude, and 5 percent were trafficked for more than one type of exploitation.In a first case of reporting, 1 percent of the victims (3 people) reported being trafficked for the purpose of their organs being harvested.
13 percent of the victims were unable to be determined.
The most common country of origin of the human trafficking victims were the Czech Republic, Nigeria, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
Source: Jamie Doward, “People smugglers target their victims as organ donors and house slaves,” Guardian, August 25, 2012.
An estimated 20 percent of teenage prostitutes in Poland provide sexual services to receive designer clothes and other luxury items as payments.
The average age girls enters prostitution in Poland is 15.
Across the entire country, the US State Department reports that there are between 18,000 to 20,000 women working in the sex trade.
Source: Dan Bilefsky, “Dark Film on Teenagers Echoes From Mall to Church,” New York Times, March 4, 2010.
Source: United States Department of State, “2009 Human Rights Report: Poland”, March 11, 2010.
Cigarette smuggling in Poland led to 750 million cigarettes being seized by Customs in 2009, an increase from the 100 million illegal cigarettes seized in 2008.
Source: “EU to crack down on cigarette smuggling,” Warsaw Business Journal, January 11, 2010.
7.7 percent of the population in Poland smoked marijuana at least once in their lifetime, and 0.8 percent of the population last used cocaine in 2005.
Source: EMCDDA, “Poland Data Sheet.”