February 2009: The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) recently released its 2009 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons. While raising the alarm about this worldwide problem, the new report cites statistics suggesting that sexual exploitation is the most common form of human trafficking (at 79 percent, followed by forced labor at 18 percent).
“It is sick that we should even need to write a report about slavery in the 21st Century,” one UN official told the BBC upon the report’s release. “What we know is the tip of the iceberg, but we have no assessment of the iceberg itself.”
To view the complete UNODC report, click here.