UNICEF has reported that the number of refugee kids traveling alone has risen five times since 2010.
The UN warned that this new disturbing trend led to many refugees’ youngsters and migrants into prostitution and slavery.
The Reports’ results
On Wednesday, UNICEF released a report where it called on the leaders of the world to take some action in order to protect children travel and cross borders alone without being accompanied by anyone.
In 2015 and 2016, the United Nations Children’s Fund stated that there were 300,000 migrant children who traveled alone worldwide. This number is almost fivefold greater than the 66,000 children calculated in 2010 and 2011. 100,000 out of the 300,000 kids, were crossing the boundary from Mexico to the United States.
“The number is just the tip of the iceberg,” Justin Forsyth, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, stated.
The report also instructs that from 2016 until February 2017, 92% of children who went to Italy on a trip from the Mediterranean in Libya were migrating alone. In 2015, the number was only 75%.
The UN’s response
The UN explained this growth by saying that these unaccompanied migrants children are weak human smugglers.
“Ruthless smugglers and traffickers are exploiting their vulnerability for personal gain, helping children to cross borders, only to sell them into slavery and forced prostitution,” Forsyth said.
“It is unconscionable that we are not adequately defending children from these predators,” he continued.
Since G7 summit is taking place in Italy next week, UNICEF advised leaders of the world to approve their six-point agenda for better protections for refugee and migrant youth.
The agenda urged countries to drop on detaining children as well as improving efforts to keep families together and let children get a good education and a proper healthcare.