Thursday, April 27, 2006

Australia One of "Top Destinations" for Traffickers

Australia was ranked one of the top destination countries for traffickers by the U.N. Report Trafficking in Persons: Global Pattern that was released this past Monday.

An article posted in the news blog for the Australian news service's site news.com.au acknowledges this fact:
Australia's international reputation has taken a hit in a new United Nations report on the illegal global trade in humans.

The UN's Office on Drugs and Crime's report on human trafficking put Australia in the second highest category of destination countries in the global trade.

Ten countries were ranked as "very high" destinations. Australia was one of the 19 countries ranked as "high" in the index of destinations that ranged from "very high" to "very low."

Australia had the highest ranking in the Oceanic region, which also includes New Zealand and Fiji.
The countries named as "very high" destinations for people traffickers were Belgium, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Thailand, Turkey and the USA.

Countries ranked "high" alongside Australia included Canada, Cambodia, India, Pakistan, Poland and Saudi Arabia.

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