Women and girls make around 72% of human trafficking victims. Mostly, it is about sexual exploitation, as the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in his address to the organization dedicated to World Day Against Trafficking in Persons celebrated on July 30, as the press office of the UN reported.
Yet, children and men also become victims of human trafficking.
“Traffickers and terrorist groups prey on the vulnerable, from people in poverty to those caught up in war or who face discrimination. Thousands of people have died at sea, in deserts, and in detention centers, at the hands of traffickers and migrant smugglers plying their monstrous, merciless trades,” he said.
According to him, armed conflicts, “displacement, climate change, natural disasters, and poverty exacerbate the vulnerabilities and desperation that enable trafficking to flourish.”
In 2003-2016, 225 000 victims of human trafficking were revealed, yet many of them are still kept by the criminals and need help, as Yuriy Fedotov, the Head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.
As it was reported in June, over the past year 189 criminal proceedings on human trafficking were opened.