Kurdish Human Rights Commission Warns Of Rise In Trafficking

Kurdish Human Rights Commission Warns Of Rise In Trafficking

The Independent Commission for Human Rights has warned authorities in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) that human trafficking is on the rise and could grow in the region.

The commission issued a statement Tuesday (July 5) saying it has repeatedly warned of a growing trend in trafficking of foreign laborers, human organs and female refugees through and to the region.

Following an investigation, the commission also found that children are being trafficked at higher rates.

“The children are used for begging on the streets without food, water or shelter, which are the most basic of rights for children,” the statement said. “Refugees and displaced Iraqis also use children as young as one years old for begging.”

The commission is calling on the government and security forces to investigate cases of trafficking in the region and work to prevent more abuses.

“Security forces and related institutions should prevent the issue from becoming a phenomenon,” the statement continued.

 The U.S. State Department in its recent report on trafficking also warned of increased activity in the region specifically targeting internally displaced persons in the Kurdistan Region.

There were limited efforts by the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Region to prevent human trafficking, child labor and forced prostitution as assessments were not finalized at the end of the reporting period, the State Department’s report said.