Children and women face the risk of sexual exploitation as they attempt to reach safety in Europe.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/12/female-refugees-face-sexual-exploitation-greece-151222191343353.htmlIn October, when the refugee crisis had reached its apex and Lesbos was registering 4,400 people a day in a facility that holds just 2,500,
the UNHCR and Save the Children expressed concerns over the risk of exploitation faced by women and children within the reception centre.
“Cases of sexual violence have been reported to our staff,” says Ron Redmond, a spokesperson for the UN agency in Greece.
“On one of the islands, our protection staff prevented the rape of a young woman by a large group of men.”
Save the Children issued a report detailing cases of attempted sexual abuse, including one involving a young girl who was grabbed by a man as she went to the toilet.
Other women and children interviewed by the organisation expressed their discomfort at having to sleep in tents with men who were unknown to them.
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