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GLOBAL: UN: 2.4 Million Human Trafficking Victims


Associated Press (04.04.12) - Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Most of the 2.4 million people being trafficked against their will at any given time are being exploited sexually, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime told a General Assembly meeting on the subject Tuesday.

Human trafficking is a $32 billion-a-year business run by criminal networks. The problem "is a challenge of extraordinary proportions," said Yuri Fedotov. His office estimates that just one of every 100 victims of human trafficking is ever rescued.

Although 17 percent of people trafficked are forced to labor in homes or sweat shops, 80 percent become sexual slaves. Two of every three victims are women.

M. Cherif Bassiouni, an emeritus professor of law at Chicago's DePaul University, noted that laws in most countries criminalize prostitutes and other victims of trafficking and overlook the perpetrators "without whom that crime could not be performed." "We must change attitudes of male-dominated police departments throughout the world who place this type of a crime at the lowest level of their law enforcement priorities," he said.


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