Solitary Journeys

A new UNICEF report paints a tragic portrait of the growing number of unaccompanied child refugees—more than 300,000 in 80 countries in 2015-16—and their increasing victimization at the hands of human traffickers.
 
“Ruthless smugglers and traffickers are exploiting their [children's] vulnerability for personal gain, helping children to cross borders, only to sell them into slavery and forced prostitution," commented UNICEF deputy executive director Justin Forsyth. "It is unconscionable that we are not adequately defending children from these predators.”
 
Ahead of this week's G7 Summit in Taormina, Italy, UNICEF is calling on the EU to take steps to protect refugee children, including ending the detention of children seeking refugee status and making it a priority to keep migrant families together.
 
Source: IPS

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