Commission adopts first Report on progress in the fight against trafficking in human beings

A new European Commission report shows that in 2013-2014, 15,846 women, men, girls and boys were registered as victims of trafficking in the EU. The report points out, however, that the actual number of victims is likely to be substantially higher.

Trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation is the most widespread form (67% of registered victims), followed by trafficking for labour exploitation (21% of registered victims). Over three quarters of the registered victims were women (76%), while at least 15% were children. The majority (65%) of registered victims were EU citizens with the top countries of origin being Bulgaria, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania.

One of the most sharply increasing trends has been in the number of children falling victim to human traffickers. Victims with disabilities and victims of Roma ethnic background were also identified as increasing in number.

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