Activists of All India Democratic Women’s Association shout slogans during a protest outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in New Delhi on Thursday. (Source: PTI photo)
The UNPF estimates that more than 28,000 women may be at risk of gender-based violence in Nepal in the aftermath of the April 25 earthquake.
The number of human slaves is at an all-time high with 14 million people trapped in the industry and the average victim just 12-years-old.
Global traffickers primarily prey on women and children who can be traded for a mere five dollars, and technology is aiding figures further according to international TEAR fund ambassador Melinda Tankard Reist.
"The growing pornography genre is webcam pornography involving children where they perform on camera and are often abused," said Ms Tankard Reist.
"Sometimes men select the child they want to abuse by seeing them on webcam first before flying over to do so."
Children are being traded for a mere $5 by global traffickers, with technology being increasingly used to exploit children.
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Traffickers are rarely caught with the prosecution rate at less than 1%, with calls for more resources to be put into law enforcement and higher penalties.
Aid agencies claim the problem is under publicised because the subject is an uncomfortable one, an issue TEAR fund is trying to change with annual fundraiser Live Below the Line.
"Participants live on little over two dollars a day and raise funds to go towards TEAR fund projects, and I’ve seen first-hand that the money goes directly to the victims for their rescue and rehabilitation," said Ms Tankard Reist.
"It's an evil trade and traffickers are profiting from it on a global scale... We need to remember each of these figures represents a real human being."