Washington, Sept 12: A UN report has described Pakistan as the “one of the key sources of women trafficking” in the world.
It said that India had also lately emerged as a key destination and transit point for global trafficking of women and girls.
“India and Pakistan are major destinations for trafficked women and girls and also transit points into the Middle East,” the Daily Times quoted the report titled “State of World Population” as saying.
Besides India, other sources of human trafficking are Pakistan, Thailand, China and Cambodia, it added.
According to the report released by the United Nations Population Fund, human trafficking was the third most lucrative illicit business in the world after arms and drugs and a major source of organised crime revenue.
The industry generates an estimated 7-12 billion dollars annually, while according to the International Labour Organisation, traffickers net an additional 32 billion dollars a year once the victims were in the destination country.
The report further said that in South Asia, illegal trading of children was “an extension of a serious child labour problem, which includes exploitation of girls for domestic work”.
Southeast Asia and South Asia are home to the largest number of internationally trafficked people, an estimated 2.5 million and 1.5 million respectively, it added.