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Mediterranean migration routes: Children and youth at risk of trafficking and exploitation

Sep 18, 2017 | News

(18 September 2017) – Up to three quarters of children and youth face abuse, exploitation and trafficking on Mediterranean migration routes, according to a new report published by UNICEF and IOM.


Migrant and refugee children and youth trying to reach Europe face appalling levels of human rights abuses, with 77 per cent of those traveling along the Central Mediterranean route reporting direct experiences of abuse, exploitation, and practices which may amount to human trafficking – UNICEF and IOM, the UN Migration Agency, said today in a new report.

‘Harrowing Journeys’ shows that while all migrants and refugees are at high risk, children and youth on the move are far more likely to experience exploitation and trafficking than adults aged 25 years and above: nearly twice as likely on the Eastern Mediterranean route and at a rate 13 per cent higher on the Central Mediterranean route.

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