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From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Oct 26 1999 - 09:53:17 EDT


         U.N. report: child traffickers using Nigeria as tra...

By PAISLEY DODDS
 Associated Press Writer
   UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Nigeria is being used as a transit route for
child traffickers and child prostitution has more than doubled in some
parts of Sri Lanka, according to a U.N. report released Thursday.
   The report by Ofelia Calcetas-Santos, the U.N. special investigator on
the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, called on
governments and the public to do more to stop abuses.
   In Africa, the report said Nigeria was being used as a transit route for
traffickers who promise families better lives and education for their
children.
   Once the families agree to leave their children, they are taken to Gabon
by traffickers where they are forced to work as slaves on plantations. The
children have little freedom, and lack money to pay for their passage home,
the report said.
   In recent years, the Nigerian Immigration Service has attempted to stop
the trafficking and has carried out several raids on trafficking rings, it
said. In 1996, one raid resulted in the freeing of 86 child slaves. Another
in 1997 freed several children from Nigeria, Togo, Benin and Ghana, the
report said.
   The report to the U.N. General Assembly also said that child
prostitution in Sri Lanka was continuing to increase, and had affected
boys, in particular.
   Estimates showed 15,000 boy prostitutes in one beach resort, a number
that was more than double a 1991 estimate, it said.
   The report also cited the exploitation of girls who worked as domestic
servants for diplomats or in embassies.
   In many cases, many of the girls had no means of redress because they're
employers had diplomatic status, the report said.
   The report did not specify the nationality of the diplomats.


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