Julie's blog

Child Marriage, Drug Smuggling and Forced Prostitution — An Afghan Trafficking Experience

Zarmina, a beautiful 17-year-old girl, does not have a lot of things that a child of her age usually takes for granted, such as a home, family, friends and - hope. It has been a year since she ran away from human traffickers but the fear that they might find and catch her still haunts her every night.


Surviving to Tell the Tale

At 5:00 am on a windy weekend morning, 257 people went to sea onboard an old and unseaworthy boat from Janzour, 15 km west of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. They were heading for the Italian island of Lampedusa on a smuggler's boat. Twelve hours later 21 of them were in a Libyan centre for irregular migrants, the rest were dead. Here, the stories of two of the survivors, including an unaccompanied minor, is told to IOM's Michele Bombassei.