IOM/UNICEF: Most EU-bound migrant youths face direct abuse
13.09.2017 08:02 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
Nearly 8 of 10 migrant youths bound for Europe face abuse, exploitation and trafficking on one of the most commonly used routes via North Africa, UN Radio says referring to the IOM (UN migration agency) and UNHCR (UN refugee agency) joint report.
As to the report, many young migrants who set out for Europe have no means of paying for their trip, and so its a sure sign that traffickers are involved, says IOM spokesperson Leonard Doyle.
«People willingly go there, they pay for the journey, but they do not realise they are stepping into a trap. The women are put into the sex slave trade or sold as slaves, the boys are hugely abused,» Doyle admits.
In meanwhile, UNICEF representative Sarah Crowe says that children from Sub-Saharan Africa are most at risk of being exploited, beaten and discriminated against.
Besides, Ms Crowe also expresses concern that safe and legal migration routes should exist for children and they should never be detained. She adds that far less is now known about what happens to migrants travelling to Europe from Libya after many boats stopped coming in August.