Child Trafficking

Law enforcement authorities in Malaysia broke up a child trafficking ring where the traffickers were shopping around a 23 month old baby girl for the price of $3,120 (10,000 Malaysian Ringgit.)

Source: AFP, “Malaysia busts child trafficking syndicate,” Google News, July 18, 2010.

In 2009, police in Thailand charged 2,888 people for having sex with children who were under the age of 15.

(See all child prostitution statistics.)

Source:  Dan Rivers, “Thailand fights to stem tide of child sex tourists,” CNN, July 5, 2010.

Of all the prostitutes working in the legal prostitution industry in New Zealand, 1.3 percent of prostitutes are children.

Source: US Department of State, “Country Narratives: New Zealand,” Trafficking in Persons Report 2010, June 2010.

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According to the International Labor Organization, there were 12. 3 million victims of human trafficking in 2009.

The victims were trafficked for sex, labor, debt bondage and to serve as child soldiers.

Source: Nicole Gaouette, “Human Trafficking Is ‘Serious’ in U.S., State Department Says,” Bloomberg BusinessWeek, June 14, 2010.

The human trafficking market in Ghana allows a child to be purchased from parent for $50. Then, the trafficker can either sell or lease out that child for up to $300, thus making $250 in profit a year.

(More prices and sales of human trafficking victims around the world.)

Source: Richard Lui, “Former child slave fights to end trafficking in Ghana,” CNN, May 19, 2010.

In the US state of Georgia, 500 adolescent girls were discovered by police to be working in the prostitution industry in hotels, online and on the streets in February 2010.  Back in August 2007, 250 girls were discovered.

Source: Nancy A. Boxill, Deborah J. Richardson and D. Scott Weimer
 , “New ways to prevent child prostitution,” Opinion Piece, Atalanta Journal Constitution, May 11,2010.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, most runaways will be approached by a sex trafficker within 48 hours of leaving their homes.

Source:  Barbara Grady, “Youth Trafficking in Oakland: Big Business Despite Government, Police Efforts,” May 5, 2010.

The following are the number of human trafficking cases handled by police in Dubai.

2006- 7 cases.

2007-23 cases.

2008-18 cases.

2009-23 cases involving 33 victims. 88 percent of the human trafficking victims in 2009 were female, and 12 percent of victims were under the age of 18.

Source:  Siham Al Najami, “Dubai Police fight intensified battle against human trafficking,” Gulf News, April 26, 2010.

There are an estimated 800,000 prostitutes working in the Philippines, with up to half of them underage.

Source:  Magnolia Yrasuegui and Priya Esselborn, “Philippines: Women struggling to achieve sexual equality,” Deutsche Welle, December 1, 2009.

An estimated 1.8 Million children are believed to be working in the prostitution industry worldwide.

Source:  Deena Guzder, “Child sex boom fueled by poverty,” Global Post, October 28, 2009.