What we know about human trafficking

Many of us assume human trafficking activity happens in countries with struggling economies and compromised human rights laws.  The reality is that human trafficking happens all over the world, including B.C.

  • Human trafficking has an annual global market worth $42.5 billion.
  • An estimated 12.3 million people are victims of trafficking worldwide.
  • About 70 percent of victims are exploited sexually, 30 percent experience labour exploitation.
  • About 80 percent of human trafficking victims are female and 50 percent are children.

Source: United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime and the Council of Europe

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