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About Sex Trafficking

There are more human slaves in the world today than ever before in history...

Human trafficking is the movement of people by means such as force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them. The United Nations estimates that some 80% of persons trafficked are trafficked for sexual exploitation. They are mostly women and children. (UN, 2003). An estimated 120,000 women and children are trafficked into Western Europe each year. (European Commission, 2001). The US Department of State considers that globally some 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked within and across borders annually, of whom some 80% are women and girls and some 50% are minors. (US Dept of State, 2005)

What Happens in the UK?

Researchers estimate there are 6000 brothels in the UK, which employ 30,000 sex workers. (Home Office, 2010)Many trafficking victims in the UK are from Eastern European countries including Lithuania, Russia, Albania and Ukraine. Others are from the Far East, South America and Africa.

Often, women are lured by adverts in their home countries for jobs such as restaurant staff, maids
and child minders.


Some expect to work as lap dancers or escorts,
but not to be prostitutes.
Others do know they are going to work as prostitutes,
but are lied to about conditions.
The age of victims varies widely, but most are between 18 and 24.
Police have also rescued a number of children.
Many victims are "from poor backgrounds with little or no education",
the UK Human Trafficking Centre reports.