1.9M People Used as Sex Slaves
UN report says only 1 out of 100 trafficking victims rescued
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 4, 2012 8:40 AM CDT
Only one out of 100 victims of trafficking is ever rescued.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Some 2.4 million people across the globe are victims of human trafficking at any one time, and 80% of them are being exploited as sexual slaves, according to the UN. The head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, told a daylong General Assembly meeting on trafficking that 17% are trafficked to perform forced labor, including in homes and sweat shops. He said $32 billion is being earned every year by unscrupulous criminals running human trafficking networks, and two out of every three victims are women.

And a law professor adds that the figure of 2.4 million people trafficked at any time is not reflective of the overall problem because "at the end of 10 years you will have a significantly larger number who have gone through the experience." Laws in most of the world criminalize prostitutes and other victims of trafficking but almost never criminalize the perpetrators "without whom that crime could not be performed." According to the office, only one out of 100 victims of trafficking is ever rescued.

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slammer
Apr 5, 2012 4:25 PM CDT
THIS IS SO VERY SAD 2.4 MILLION PEOPLE AND ALL I CAN FIND IS A BLOWUP! SAD VERY SAD!
fractal
Apr 4, 2012 3:58 PM CDT
I have heard that in America, if you want to find sex slaves, look to the truckers. Those big wheelers hold moving brothels that service other truckers. Of course, much of the highway patrol and other law enforcement helps themselves to the 15 year old "damaged goods", which is what we have decided to call kidnapped girls who no longer have a hymen. The next time you are at a highway truck stop, and see all those big trucks parked off to the side, think about what might be in one of them...
Bentham
Apr 4, 2012 11:14 AM CDT
It is unfortunate that Americans, to whom so much of the world looks for leadership, are largely uninformed about human rights - what the two words mean, and their importance to civilizational objectives. Politicians use the term to reference political sorts of rights, like voting or freedom of speech, and this contributes to citizen ignorance, as they think wrongly about human rights and confuse them with civil liberties and political rights.