Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. Children make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Global Report on Trafficking in Persons. Additionally, women and girls comprise 71 per cent of human trafficking victims, the report states.
This year’s theme ‘responding to the trafficking of children and young people’ highlights the fact that almost a third of trafficking victims are children. The theme draws attention to the issues faced by trafficked children and to possible action initiatives linked to safeguarding and ensuring justice for child victims. 
Click here to read RIATT-ESA partner SANTACs blog that highlights Child trafficking in Southern Africa.