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Child Trafficking On The Rise, According to UN

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The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in its annual report that children and young people up to the age of 18 make up a large percentage of all human trafficking cases: 27 percent between 2007 and 2010. Of these, two-thirds were girls. According to the study, the majority of child victims were found in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and the Pacific. More than half were found to be forced into prostitution, about 36 percent into forced labor, while others toiled as beggars or maids.

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  • Lindsey Smith

    Thank you for sharing this article! I hate to think about the truly devastating fact that child trafficking is on the rise, but these statistics are eye-opening. One of my favorite organization is She's the First ( because it raises money to allow children to attend school. There needs to be more opportunities and organizations to keep children safe, especially girls.

    • End Trafficking

      Hi Lindsey,

      The good news is we can all take steps to stop it from happening. Check out our op-ed to learn more:

      Thank you for pointing out one of the most important ways to fight this crime - which is through prevention. By educating children and making sure that they have opportunities to thrive in life we can prevent trafficking from ever happening in the first place. This is a huge part of UNICEF's work - education, empowerment, and gender equality.

      • Lindsey Smith

        Great tips! I appreciate your work in communities. Thank you for educating the public in realistic way!