HOR­RI­FY­ING STA­TIS­TICS WITH­OUT NUM­BERS

Marie Claire (Malaysia) - - Local Report -

In 2012, United Na­tions Of­fice on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) re­ported that 59 per cent of hu­man traf­fick­ing vic­tims are fe­male, 14 per cent men, 17 per cent girls and 10 per cent boys. The US govern­ment re­ports that about 600,000 to 800,000 of these vic­tims were bought and sold across and forced to work in heavy labour or com­mer­cial sex. UNICEF re­ported a find­ing of 2 mil­lion chil­dren sub­jected to pros­ti­tu­tion in the global com­mer­cial sex trade.

But what are the sta­tis­tics of the in­fant trade? How many ba­bies were sold in just Malaysia alone and how many were sold over­seas? Sadly, there are no of­fi­cial num­bers on the baby sell­ing busi­ness up till the point of writ­ing. Not even Heidy has a clear num­ber but she hinted at a num­ber in the thou­sands, and it’s a be­liev­able num­ber too what with one “baby farm” har­bour­ing up to 70 women at a go.

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