Children in Haiti were being sold to traffickers exploiting the chaos from the past year's earthquake for as little as one euro ($1.37), according to new UN figures reported yesterday.
The data showed that there is a thriving trade in Haitian youngsters in Europe, where they are mostly used for domestic service, agricultural work or prostitution. Some children end up in the care of well-meaning but unaware European families, while others are forced into prostitution, British newspaper The Daily Telegraph reported.
More than a million people in Haiti were displaced by last January's devastating earthquake.
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) said parents desperate for money were being tricked by traffickers into giving up their children for what they think will be a better life, adding that traffickers also targeted thousands of children living in temporary camps in the impoverished, French-speaking Caribbean country.
Before the earthquake, it was estimated that 2,000 children in Haiti were kidnapped or trafficked every year. UNICEF recently estimated that 8,000 children were identified as being extremely vulnerable.
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