Children make up almost one-third of all human trafficking victims worldwide

World Trafficking Day 2018

27 July 2018

Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking. Children make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide.

Refugee, migrant and displaced children are especially vulnerable to trafficking. Whether they are escaping war and violence or in search of opportunities, many children lack pathways to move regularly and safely.

>> Read the press release: Children account for nearly one-third of identified trafficking victims globally


UNICEF video
Joy is a teen migrant from Nigeria who was trafficked and forced into prostitution.

This World Trafficking Day, UNICEF and the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking (ICAT) continue to call for policies and cross-border solutions to keep these children safe, including:

  • Expanding safe and legal pathways for children to move with their families
  • Strengthening child and social protection systems
  • Guiding solutions through each child’s individual assessments and best interests
  • Improve cross-border collaboration and knowledge exchange