The statistics are grim. In 2013, human rights agencies estimate that as many as 29.8 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking (1), forced into debt bondage or marriage or sold as soldiers or sex workers. Many of these victims are children. Very few of them are ever identified (less than 0.2% of victims in 2013).
Anyone who attends the 25th International Symposium on Human Identication will have an opportunity to hear Dr. Palmbach present a summary of his important work and learn firsthand how DNA typing is offering new hope for victims of this heinous crime.