One in three victims of human trafficking worldwide is a child, many of them subject to sexual exploitation or forced labour, a UN report said Monday.

Overall, child trafficking has increased five percent since 2010, with girls and women accounting for 70 percent of the overall number of victims worldwide, according to the report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

“There is no place in the world where children, women and men are safe from human trafficking,” said UNODC executive director Yury Fedotov.

The report said the global figures represented only “the tip of the iceberg”, and that impunity remained a serious problem.

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