According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 27 percent of human trafficking incidents reported by 132 countries between 2007 to 2010 were child trafficking cases. Girls were the trafficking victims in two-thirds of the child trafficking cases.
Over half of the children were forced to work in prostitution. 36 percent were forced into various labor jobs, such as beggars and maids.
The majority of the children were found in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and the Pacific.
Source: Marcel Fürstenau, “Child trafficking on the rise, UN says,” Deutsche Welle, January 11, 2013.