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European Union Report Details Growth Of HumanTrafficking
Enlarge imageEU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said Monday that "trafficking inhuman beings is all around us, closer than we think."
More than 23,600 people were victims of human trafficking in Europe during a recentthree-year period, according to a new European Union report that says the problem isgrowing worse. Its authors say the official figures do not come close to describing thecrime, which has"hundreds of thousands of victims."The study (pdf) , which gathered statistical data from more than 25 European nations,found that human trafficking increased by 18 percent between 2008 and 2010. In thesame time span, the number of convictions for the crime fell by 13 percent."It is difficult to imagine that in our free and democratic EU countries tens of thou-sands of human beings can be deprived of their liberty and exploited, traded as com-modities for profit," EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said as she