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UN report: traffickin­g down

- Reuters

The COVID-19 pandemic led to the first drop in the known number of humantraff­icking victims in 20 years, but the Ukraine war has probably now caused a new surge, a UN report said on Tuesday.

The number of traffickin­g victims fell 11% in 2020, the most recent year for which data is available, the United Nations said. “The refugee emergency in Ukraine is elevating risks of traffickin­g for the Ukrainian displaced population.

“The 2014 conflict in Ukraine quadrupled the number of Ukrainian victims detected in Western Europe,” it said, referring to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

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