161 countries reported to be involved in human trafficking

Estimated 1.2 million children trafficked worldwide each year

01 June 2011: It may leave you shocked, but as many as 161 countries are reported to be involved in human trafficking. These countries are involved either as a source, transit or destination country.

UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (Gift) says 95 per cent of victims experienced physical or sexual violence. The data is based on figures gathered from selected European countries.

As many as  43 per cent of the victims are deployed for forced commercial sexual exploitation. Out of the total, 98 per cent are women and girls.

Nothing less than 32 per cent of the victims are used for forced economic exploitation. As many as 56 per cent of the total are women and girls. In all, an  estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked worldwide each year.

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