Police focus on the trade in human lives

The number of reported cases of human trafficking has increased by 563 per cent - but the Swedish police say this is a sign that their work is producing more results.

Between 2008-2010 three years the government gave the police over six million $US extra to fight pimps and human traffickers.

Detective Inspector Kajsa Wahlberg says to news agency TT that the police's focus on more education, more cooperation and better methods has led to them being better at detecting and booking this kind of criminal.

Reported cases - and investigations - of these offences has increased 2008-2010

Procuration (pimping) - 136 per cent

Human trafficking for sexual exploitation - 106 per cent

Trading children for sexual services - 402 per cent

Other human trafficking cases - 563 per cent

Purchase of sexual services - 569 per cent

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