Trading in human misery

Willems, Peter
March 2005
Middle East;Mar2005, Issue 354, p28
This article presents matters related to trafficking in children. The International Labor Organization reports that more than 1.2m children are trafficked every year worldwide, many of them ending up being used as forced labour or for sexual exploitation. The United Nations Children's Fund has warned that people trafficking, mostly of women and children, is a serious and escalating problem, as the authorities in Yemen have discovered. Awareness of children being trafficked out of Yemen has been growing over the last year and the government and various aid organizations have recently acknowledged it as a problem that unscrupulous "traders" have turned into a lucrative business, often with the support of unsuspecting parents.


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