2022 Assembly


Child refugees in Europe ‘forced to sell their bodies’ to pay smugglers.



Dr Vasileia Digidiki and Prof Jacqueline Bhabha at the Harvard University’s Centre for Health and Human Rights, claim in their recently published report, (Emergency within an Emergency: Exploitation of Migrant Children in Greece, 17-04-2017), there is widespread sexual exploitation of migrant children in Greece.  
Young people inside a refugee camp in north-east Greece. Photograph: Patrick Kingsley for the Guardian
and Pakistan, minors often get separated from their families and are stranded without any adult protection or resources to continue their journey. Sadly, many fall victim to transactional sex, hoping to make enough money to pay people-smugglers to transport them to Europe.
The report is particularly timely as RENATE embarks on a mapping exercise on the extent of Child Trafficking amongst a number of its member countries.
Cited in The Guardian (18-04-2017), the findings are being used by civil rights and social justice groups world-wide, to urge governments to end human trafficking.
“This emergency can no longer be ignored. We can no longer sit idle while migrant children are abused and forced to sell their bodies in broad daylight and plain sight in the heart of Athens simply to survive.
“It is our responsibility as human beings to face this emergency head on and take immediate action at every level to put an end to this most heinous violation of dignity and human rights” (Dr. Digidiki).
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 Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.