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Over two thirds of victims from the Americas are victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation, while almost a third are victims of trafficking for labour exploitation.

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Around two thirds of victims exploited in the Americas are adults, and just over 30% are children.

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Among identified cases of victims exploited the Americas as their region of origin, females represent just over 80% of the caseload.

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Almost all victims with the Americas as their region of origin are also exploited in the Americas, representing the intra-regional nature of trafficking.

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There is consistently a higher proportion of females across all age categories of victims from the Americas.

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Traffickers use many means of controlling their victims, and each victim can be subject to several means of control during the course of their trafficking experience.

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Almost four fifths of identified victims from the Americas are single.

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The most common sector of work for victims of trafficking for labour exploitation in the Americas is domestic work, representing just over 30% of victims. A high proportion are also trafficked into agriculture.

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Adult and child victims from the Americas are both controlled most through psychological abuse, but children are also controlled more through physical and sexual abuse.

Education level

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Over a third of victims from the Americas have completed just primary or elementary school education, while approximately a quarter have completed high or middle school.

Recruiter relationship

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A high proportion of victims from the Americas were recruited by someone they knew, with the largest proportion being recruited by an intimate partner.