Children make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide, according to a report released on December 21, 2016, by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Additionally, women and girls comprise 71 per cent of human trafficking victims, according to the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons states.
“Trafficking for sexual exploitation and for forced labor remain the most prominently detected forms, but victims are also being trafficked to be used as beggars, for forced or sham marriages, benefit fraud, or production of pornography,” said UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov in presenting the report.
The report found that while women and girls tend to be trafficked for marriages and sexual slavery, men and boys are typically exploited for forced labor in the mining sector, as porters, soldiers and slaves. While 28 per cent of detected trafficking victims worldwide are children, in regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa, and Central America and the Caribbean children comprise 62 and 64 per cent of victims, respectively.
“People escaping from war and persecution are particularly vulnerable to becoming victims of trafficking. The urgency of their situation might lead them to make dangerous migration decisions. The rapid increase in the number of Syrian victims of trafficking in persons following the start of the conflict there, for instance, seems to be one example of how these vulnerabilities play out,” said Fedotov.
In September 2016, UNODC appointed Nobel Peace Prize nominee Nadia Murad Basee Taha as its Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. Nadia Murad is a 23-year-old Yazidi student from Iraq who was captured and used as sex-slave by the US-Israel created ISIS/ISIL (listen her ordeal below).
Interestingly, Steve Maman, a Jewish businessman from Montreal (Canada) has claimed that he rescued 128 Christian and Yazidis women and children from the ISIS but refused to reveal the names the victims or the money he paid to the terrorists. But this proved the Jewish link to the ISIS/ISIL.