Where Impunity Reigns, Traffickers Sow Terror

Human trafficking has risen to “horrific dimensions”—with children now accounting for nearly a third of the victims, a UN Office on Drugs and Crime report released yesterday reveals.
Examples include forced labor and child soldiers, but sexual slavery and exploitation is often the motive, according to UN News. Particularly in conflict zones, armed groups and terrorists take advantage of areas where impunity is the norm and trafficking convictions are scarce, Kieran Guilbert writes in the Thomson Reuters Foundation. About 40 million people worldwide live as slaves, in forced labor or forced marriages, according to the Walk Free Foundation and the UN International Labor Organization, Guilbert notes.
Trafficking has steadily ticked upwards since 2010, especially in Asia and the Americas—possibly because of better detection and reporting, or a real increase in victims, the UN report shows.

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