Most girls trafficked in 2018 were victims of sexual exploitation, while most boys were trafficked for forced labor, according to United Nations estimates of detected victims provided by 115 countries (or most recent year available).

Source: “Global Report on Trafficking in Persons: 2020,” United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, January 2021, p. 33, https://tinyurl.com/uvn2hnx4

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Forms of Exploitation in 2018 Percentage Among Trafficked Girls Percentage Among Trafficked Boys
Sexual 72% 23%
Forced labor 21% 66%
Other purposes 7% 11%

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