Facts About Human Trafficking Victims

in Transnational Crime

A report released in 2013 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime offered a breakdown of victims of human trafficking activities worldwide.

Trafficking victims have been rescued in 118 countries and represent 136 different nationalities, according to the UNODC.

Sex trafficking accounts for 58 percent of all human trafficking cases that are investigated around the world. Labor trafficking accounts for 36 percent of the cases.

Women account for 55 to 60 percent of the victims, and women and girls account for 75 percent of trafficking victims.

(See prices of human traffickers here.)

Children account for 27 percent of victims during the 2007 to 2010 time period,  up from 20 percent between 2003-2006. Two out of every three child trafficking victims were girls.

In total, there are an estimated 20.9 million people around the world who are victims of human trafficking.

Source:  Associated Press, “UN Says Human Trafficking Found in 118 Countries,” ABC News, February 13, 2013.

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