ECPAT International Secretariat, 2009, 60 pages
The report was launched by ECPAT International and The Body Shop and reveals key findings on the scale of trafficking in children and young people for sexual purposes worldwide.
Main findings of the report include:
- The current global recession is increasing the vulnerability of children and young people at the hands of traffickers
- The numbers of children trafficked internally are increasing - as opposed to the main focus of anti-trafficking measures and agencies primarily being on cross-border trafficking.
- The profits generated from trafficking people into forced commercial sex amount to US$27.8 billion per year and almost half of these profits - US$ 13.3 billion - are made from children trafficked into or within industrialised countries.
- Human trafficking is the third largest international criminal activity after the illegal drugs and arms trades.
- Evidence suggests the traffickers are likely to come from the same ethnic or national background as the victim - in some cases neighbours or extended family members may be involved.
Note that the date of publication is indicative.