Child Trafficking

A mother in Colombia was arrested for selling the virginity of her 12 daughters to men who paid $200.

The 45 year old mother reportedly contacted men each time one of her daughters turned 12. She would have the men pay $200, and then force the girl to continue working as a prostitute in order to help the family pay its bills.

Source:  “Margarita de Jesus Zapata Moreno accused of selling virginities of 12 daughters for $200 each,” News.Com.Au, October 25, 2013.

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Criminal justice officials in Greece stated that in a recent child trafficking case, a Roma woman from Bulgaria gave birth in a public hospital in Greece. The woman was accompanied by a human trafficker who pretended to be her relative. After the birth, the trafficker paid the woman $4,100 (€3,000) for the child and took the baby. The trafficker then turned around and sold the baby to a Greek couple.

Officials state that on average, a childless couple in Greece pays up to $41,000 (€30,000) for a baby, or up to 10 times the amount the trafficker paid the mother.

(More prices of human traffickers worldwide.)

Source:  Giorgos Christides, “Greece’s child-trafficking problem,” BBC News, October 21, 2013.

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Media reports state that organized child beggars in Islamabad, Pakistan earn between $1.88 to $2.36 (200 to 250 Pakistani Rupees). At the end of the day, all money earned by the children are turned over to the ring leader.

Criminal justice officials state that many of the children are recruited, trained, and relocated to popular locations. The children often use illegal drugs such as cocaine and marijuana in order to become dependent to the ring leader.

(Income and cash from illegal jobs on the underground economy.)

Source:  “Beggar mafia fast spreading its activities,” The News International, October 20, 2013.

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.

Criminal justice officials stated in court 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 a month for his parents since he was 13.

(Earnings and profit from the under the table activities.)

Source:  Dan Bilefsky, “Are the Roma Primitive, or Just Poor?,” New York Times, October 19, 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.

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.

(Additional child trafficking statistics.)

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.

(More earnings from under the table jobs.)

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.

From June 2011 to June 2013, security agencies in Peru identified and rescued around 2,000 people who were victims of human trafficking in the country. 42 percent of the victims identified were minors.

During the two year period, criminal sentences were handed out to 26 people.

Criminal justice officials state that one of the mining industry contributes to the human trafficking problem in Peru. In the mining town of La Rinconada on the border of Bolivia, an estimated 4,000 underage girls are forced to work as prostitutes.

Source: Marguerite Cawley, “Peru Rescues 2,000 Human Trafficking Victims in 2 Year,” Insight Crime, September 24, 2013.

There are an estimated 3 million women working as prostitutes in India.

1.2 million of the sex workers are under the age of 18.

The average age that a girl enters the sex trade in India is reported to be between 9 and 12 years old.

The human trafficking industry in India is estimated to generate $4 Billion a year.

Source:  Andrew MacAskill and Bibhudatta Pradhan, “Sold for Sex at Puberty Village Girls’ Fate in India,” Bloomberg Businessweek, September 18, 2013.