Human Trafficking and HIV: Exploring Vulnerabilities and Responses in South Asia. UNDP (2007)

Human Trafficking and HIV: Exploring Vulnerabilities and Responses in South Asia. UNDP (2007) Human trafficking generates billions of dollars for organized crime. It is considered the third largest source of funding, preceded only by drugs and guns.3 In South Asian countries, trafficking has increased drastically over the past several decades. Due to its clandestine nature, there are no precise statistics on the extent of the problem. However, it is reported that South Asia has the second- largest number of internationally trafficked persons in the world. It is assumed that millions of women, in particular, have been trafficked across borders and within countries. Overall, it is estimated that 150,000- 200,000 people from South Asia are trafficked annually.

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