Human trafficking a prosecuted crime in Europe: UN

Last Updated: Monday, October 19, 2009 - 14:33

United Nations: Few people in Europe are
convicted for human trafficking than for less-frequent crimes
like kidnapping, a report released by UN body has said.

According to the new report released by UN Office on
Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on EU Anti-Trafficking Day, human
trafficking is highly under prosecuted crime in Europe.

The study disclosed that there could be around 270,000
victims of human trafficking in the EU while only a small
percentage of the figure had been brought to their attention.
Only 9,000 victims were reported in 2006, a figure about 30
times smaller than the total estimated number of people

"Perhaps police are not finding the traffickers and
victims because they are not looking for them", said Antonio
Maria Costa, UNODC chief.

Young women sold for sexual exploitation are the most
common victims followed by children and then men who are
forced to work in construction and agriculture, according to
the report. The share of minors increased from about 5 per
cent in 2003 to more than 10 per cent in 2008.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, October 19, 2009 - 14:33
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