I try to keep up to date on various things in the forensic and criminology fields when I’m not writing. Basically, I read and study whenever I have a spare moment. Sometimes when I come across information that really makes me pause for a moment and take a deep breath in disbelief, I feel compelled to post it.
I just read a report from the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on the statistics of human trafficking. This is a significant problem and seems to be steadily rising worldwide.
- 161 countries are reported to be affected by human trafficking by being the source, transit, and/or destination country.
- 2.45 million people are estimated to be trafficked at any given time.
- There is an estimated 1.2 million children trafficked each year.
- The majority of trafficking victims are between the ages of 18 – 24.
- 95% of trafficking victims experience physical and sexual violence during trafficking.
- 79% of trafficking victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation.
- 18% of trafficking victims are trafficked for forced labor.
- 66% of victims are adult women.
- 20% of victims are minors.
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