JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian official vowed on Friday to do more to combat human trafficking after an investigation by The Associated Press revealed that scores of trafficked girls have quietly disappeared from one of the nation's poorest regions.
The lost girls of West Timor
The Associated Press set out to count the number of dead and missing migrants worldwide since 2014, the year that Europe's deadly migration crisis prompted the U.N.'s International Organization for Migration to start its Missing Migrants project.
The IOM toll as of Oct. 1 was more than 28,500, and focused heavily on the Mediterranean. The AP came up with almost 28,300 more from all regions, for a total of at least 56,800.