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Published:Wednesday | November 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM

UN report says no country is immune from human trafficking


A new United Nations report on trafficking in persons (TIP) is warning that much more needs to be done to deal with the situation and that no country is immune from TIP.

The 2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons was released by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) here noting that one in three known victims of human trafficking is a child, and girls and women are particularly targeted and forced into "modern slavery".

UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said the report shows there is no place in the world where children, women and men are safe from human trafficking.

"Official data reported to UNODC by national authorities represent only what has been detected. It is very clear that the scale of modern-day slavery is far worse," he added.

The situation is particularly bad for girls and women. According to the report, girls make up two out of every three child victims, and together with women, they account for 70 per cent of overall trafficking victims worldwide.