Issue 76 | July 10, 2015
A quick and easy update of the latest UNODC and international drugs and crime news. Can't read this newsletter? View it online
Cybercrime: protecting children from online abuse and exploitation
Widespread accessibility of information and communication technologies have transformed societies around the world. Children's vulnerability to exploitation has been exacerbated by their unprecendented access to computers and mobile technologies. With the aim of gaining a better understanding of the problem, UNODC recently published a Study on the Effects of New Technologies on the Abuse and Exploitation of Children.
Colombia Survey 2014: UNODC study shows significant increase in coca leaf production in high density areas
The latest Colombia Coca Survey, produced by UNODC jointly with the Colombian Government, was released recently showing that the country's cultivation area and cocaine production both increased substantially in 2014 compared to the previous year. The Survey notes that the net coca cultivation area was up 44 per cent year-on-year from 48,000 hectares in 2013 to 69,000 a year later.
UNODC, ILO call for action to prevent and respond to abusive and fraudulent labour recruitment
In the globalized economy, workers are increasingly compelled to look for job opportunities far from home, and many find employment in countries other than their own. With this in mind, UNODC, in partnership with the International Labour Organization, has launched a global call for action to prevent and respond to abuse and fraud in the recruitment of labour, deriving from gaps in the governance of labour recruitment.
2015 World Drug Report finds drug use stable, access to drug & HIV treatment still low
Drug use prevalence continues to be stable around the world, according to UNODC's 2015 World Drug Report. It is estimated that a total of 246 million people - slightly over five per cent of people aged 15 to 64 years worldwide - used an illicit drug in 2013. Some 27 million people are dependent on drugs, half of whom inject drugs. Data also show that an estimated 1.65 million of people who inject drugs were living with HIV in 2013.