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24 Nov 2014
The illegal trafficking in children is on the increase worldwide according to a UN report released on Monday.
The 2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons shows that one in three known victims of human trafficking is a child – a five per cent increase compared to the 2007-2010 period.
Girls make up two out of every three child victims, and together with women, account for 70 per cent of overall victims worldwide.
The report, which was produced by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says that no country is immune.
There are at least 152 countries of origin and 124 countries of destination affected by the crime.
It adds that child trafficking is a major concern in some regions – such as Africa and the Middle East, with young people constituting 62 per cent of victims.
The report also explains the role of organised crime in the trade of people across borders.
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations