71 Percent of Human Trafficking Victims Are Women and Girls
According to a new report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ( UNODC), the vast majority of all human trafficking victims – some 71 per cent – are women and girls and one third are children.
She looks straight into my eyes, her voice cracking slightly, as she tells me the number she wants me to remember — 43,200. By her own estimate, 43,200 is the number of times she was raped after falling into the hands of human traffickers.
On the last night of her life last December, 16-year-old Desiree Robinson was driven by her “pimp” to the home of a 32-year-old man looking to engage in sex with a minor. The Chicago man had seen Robinson’s picture listed on the classified advertising website Backpage.com under the title, “New Girl in Town Looking to Have Fun.”
It’s a vicious cycle that law enforcement in the U.S. sees time and time again. Women can be pulled in to commercial sex through gangs or pimps-the former function as delivery services, taking women to houses in the area they control, while the latter focus on hotels and street level prostitution, according to Woolf.