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Trafficking and armed conflict

The connection between armed conflict and human trafficking, although poorly documented, is beyond doubt. The civil war in Syria between government forces of the Baasist dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad and Syrian rebel forces has added another example of the sordid relationship of trafficking in human beings with armed conflict, whether international or internal. Armed conflict is a fertile ground for trafficking in human beings. Moreover, as in the case of drug trafficking, the income generated by trafficking in human beings may be used to0 fund the conflict and may even prolong the conflict.

Photo credit: Lionel Charrier-Myop/Secours Catholique

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