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"Females make up nearly three-quarters of trafficking victims" - United Nations

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"Females make up nearly three-quarters of trafficking victims" - United Nations

<p>Almost three quarters of victims of human trafficking worldwide are female. That’s according to a newly released UN report.</p> <p>The organisation’s <a href="https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2016/December/almost-a-third-of-trafficking-victims-are-children_-unodc-report.html?ref=fs1" title="UNODC">Office on Drugs and Crime</a> based its findings on trends studied among 63,000 trafficking victims between 2012 and 2014.</p> <p>More than half of those affected were adult women, while 20 percent were underage girls. </p> <p>Slavery, fraud, sham marriages were some of the forms of trafficking but the common theme was sexual exploitation.</p> <p>Kristiina Kangaspunta, <span class="caps">UNODC</span> Chief of the Global report on Trafficking:</p> <p>“Women are mainly exploited in sexual exploitation. 72 percent of women are exploited through sexual exploitation, but there also are 20 percent who are exploited in forced labour.”</p> <p>The rise of Islamist extremism was also found to have had a major impact. Nadia Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist and former <span class="caps">ISIL</span> abductee spoke of genocide.</p> <p>“One element of this genocide (committed by <span class="caps">ISIL</span> against Yazidi) was the systematic enslavement of the Yazidi women, girls and children. More than 6 thousand were enslaved and reduced to items of property through an abusive system, where <span class="caps">ISIL</span> militants treated Yazidi women as a worthless tool to served there sick desires.”</p> <p>However the report also found that the proportion of men had risen to 21 percent in the last decade.<br /> In Sub-Saharan Africa a rise was noted in the numbers of males becoming victims of forced recruitment for different military conflicts.</p> <p>The numbers studied in the report are just a sliver of the 21 million people estimated to be trafficked worldwide by the UN’s International Labour Organisation (<span class="caps">ILO</span>) </p> <p>The <span class="caps">UNODC</span> Chief stressed that more resources clearly need to be devoted to identify and assist trafficking victims, as well as improve criminal justice responses to detect, investigate and successfully prosecute cases.</p> <p><a href="https://www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/glotip/2016_Global_Report_on_Trafficking_in_Persons.pdf"><span class="caps">UNDOC</span> Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2016</a></p>