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12 Jun 2013 description

12 June 2013 - Children all over the world are being abused by criminals who regard human beings as commodities to be exploited or traded for profit. An estimated 10.5 million children worldwide are working as domestic workers in people's homes, in hazardous and sometimes slavery-like conditions, says the International Labour Organisation.

22 Feb 2012 description

22 February 2012 - In 2011, pirates made some $170 million in ransom money for hijacked vessels and their crews. That figure represents an increase since 2010, when ransoms paid amounted to over $110 million, according to UNODC.

Ransom money is increasingly flowing into the legal financial system, while the laundering of the proceeds of piracy is causing consumer prices to rise steeply in the Horn of Africa and the surrounding area.

19 Oct 2011 description

18 October 2011 - The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking, managed by UNODC, has announced the release of its first tranche of funding for frontline organizations working with survivors of human trafficking. Some $300,000 will be disbursed under the 2011 Small Grants Facility to organizations around the world working at the forefront of services provided to trafficking victims.

30 Mar 2011 description

30 March 2011 - Globally, there are an estimated 16 million injecting drug users, around 3 million of whom live with HIV. As a major route of HIV transmission in many countries, the use of contaminated injecting equipment contributes up to 10 per cent of all HIV cases worldwide.

28 Mar 2011 description

Vienna / Nairobi. 28 March 2011. The Executive Director of UNODC, Yury Fedotov, today met with several key Kenyan public officials to discuss ongoing and future work in the country and the region. "Kenya's role is pivotal in East Africa and the country is a vital partner in tackling emerging threats to regional and international security in areas such as piracy and illicit drugs", said Mr.

14 Jan 2010 description

Witnesses to crimes committed during Kenya's tragic post-election violence have been threatened. In December, the brother of a material witness was killed in a case of mistaken identity. The climate of fear that results from the murder and intimidation of key witnesses not only directly affects ongoing prosecutions but prevents those who would come forward from stepping up.

04 Feb 2009 description

Strong currents are pounding East Africa - trafficking from its eastern shores, and instability from states in conflict and transition. An effective response to such complex challenges must be concerted and sustainable.