Human trafficking in Europe yields about $3 billion a year for criminal groups, who control more than 140 000 persons at any point in time and subject them to sexual exploitation or forced labor, according to a new report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (http://www.unodc.org/).
The report, Trafficking in Persons to Europe for Sexual Exploitation, notes that the vast majority of those affected are young women who are subjected to violence, rape, imprisonment, drugging, and other types of abuse.
Stephenson J. Human Trafficking in Europe. JAMA. 2010;304(5):513. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1046