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• Source, transit, and destination country for women, children, and men subjected to sex trafficking.

• Approximately 85 % of identified victims of sex trafficking originated in Europe, including 25 % from within Germany, 20 % from Romania, and 19 % from Bulgaria.

• Non-European victims originated in Nigeria, other parts of Africa, Asia, and the Western Hemisphere.

• Majority of identified victims exploited in bars, brothels, and apartments.

• Approximately 45% of identified sex trafficking victims reported initially agreeing to engage in prostitution.

• 23% of women in Germany report intimate partner physical violence in their lifetime.

• 7% of women report sexual intimate partner violence in their lifetime.

• 37% of women report intimate partner and/or non -partner physical violence in their lifetime.

• 13% of women report intimate partner and/or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.

• Forced marriages and honour killings reported.



• KOK – German nationwide activist coordination group combating trafficking in women.

• Berlin-based Hydra works for greater understanding of prostitutes in the community and for the legal and social equality of prostitutes.

• 360 women’s shelters in the country with approximately 7,000 rooms for women and children


Sources: UN Women Violence against Women Prevalence Data: Surveys by Country 2011; U.S. Department of State 2010 Human Rights Report; U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2011