Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018
ROME

'Thousands of underage refugees risk exploitation in Italy'

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(ANSA) - Rome, August 21 - There are thousands of
unaccompanied underage refugees in Italy who have become victims
of human trafficking and exploitation, according to a report
released Tuesday by Save the Children Italy, in what the group
says is becoming a growing trend in the G8 nation.
The phenomenon is on the rise also due to a constant and
unstoppable flow of underage refugees arriving on Italian
shores, the report says.
This group is particularly at risk of exploitation,
according to a report called Small Invisible Slaves of 2012.
There are millions of similar victims around the globe, the
association added in its report.
Save the Children Italy issued the study two days after
UNESCO held a day of remembrance of the slave trade and its
abolition, the anniversary of which is August 23.
The number of underage victims of human trafficking total
1.2 million in the world, though the total increases to 5.5
million when factoring in sexual or work-related exploitation.
The group says it estimates that there are as many as 2,000
underage prostitutes in Italy today, mainly the result of the
practise of human trafficking and exploitation it identified.

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