Human Trafficking is worsening due to the pandemic
The latest data from the United Nations on human trafficking around the world is not encouraging at all. Contrary to what one might think, due to movement restrictions in much of the planet, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a huge vulnerability factor for potential victims of human trafficking networks. As the latest and recent report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) points out, “millions of women, children and men around the world are without work, without school and without social support in the persistent crisis of COVID-19, putting them at higher risk of being victims. We need specific action to prevent traffickers from taking advantage of the pandemic to exploit the vulnerable.”
One more very important factor from the results of the 2020 UNODC Global Report is that women continue to be the preferred target of trafficking networks and out of every 10 victims detected worldwide, 5 are women and 2 are girls. But children are also increasingly at risk, since the number of cases has been growing for more than 10 years and in some countries such as India they already account for almost 30 per cent of the total victims that are detected.
Out of the total victims of human trafficking, 50 per cent are potential to be exploited for sexual purposes, which continues to be the majority activity for which girls and women are recruited. Forced labor, criminal activities, forced begging, arranged marriages or organ trafficking are other terrible destinations where these people are trapped for years.
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