Young migrants abused on way to Europe: UN

2017-09-13 01:08:27 GMT2017-09-13 09:08:27(Beijing Time) Agencies

More than three-quarters of children and young adults trying to migrate to Europe are victims of torture, rape and other abuse on the dangerous journey, UN officials said Tuesday, warning against "cynicism" over the repeated tragedies.

Officials from UNICEF and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said young migrants coming from sub-Saharan Africa via the Mediterranean were particularly at risk from abuse, likely due to racism.­

"They use words like torture, beating, killing, slavery, trafficking, rape, not like abstract concepts, not something they have to write a report for school, but as their reality," UNICEF Brussels director Sandie Blanchet said. "Just imagine for a second your own kids going through that," he said after UNICEF and IOM published a report.

The report said 77 percent of children and young people trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe had suffered "direct experiences of abuse, exploitation and practices which may amount to human trafficking."

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