90 millions of sexual tourists all around the world in 2008, 10% of tourists choosing their destination according to the sexual offer (Source: Survey by the World Tourism Organisation)
Over 2.45 millions of people victims of human trafficking in Europe (Source: ILO)
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes 2009 Report (UNODC), 79% of the recorded victims are destined for sexual exploitation.
20 million people would be affected by prostitution in the world.
"Trafficking in human beings" shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of...
...the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.
Source: Article 4.A of the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings, 16 May 2005
Nowadays, trafficking in human beings is commonplace and widespread, to such an extent that it represents one of the three most lucrative criminal activities in the world, after illegal drug and arms traffic.
Victims are trafficked against their will – they are misled and deceived by false promises or simple abducted by force. Traffickers violate the fundamental human rights of their victims, who are deprived of their rights to freedom of movement, self-determination, control of body and mind, and control of their future.