Nigerian troops are concerned about the use of women and child-soldiers as human shields by Boko Haram militants in their quest to weaken military operations.
A top security source in the North East, who disclosed this, said the terrorists recruit, rape and kill some of the young captives who are reluctant to join them in their dastardly acts.
Swaziland is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children who are subjected to sex trafficking, domestic servitude, and forced labour in agriculture, the 2014 Trafficking in Persons report revealed.
Uzbekistan forced millions of children and adults to work in its cotton harvest this year, resulting in deaths, harrassment and extortion, a report by a human rights group said on Friday.
The Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights said the government used fewer children than in 2013 to pick this year's cotton but had used more adults instead, including teachers and doctors.
A Kurdish boy who looks no older than 11 mans the entrance of a military base in northeastern Syria.
His pants drag on the ground and his shirt hangs off his bony shoulders as he stands in an ill-fitting military uniform next to a Kalashnikov automatic rifle.
A group of parents as well as relatives of some child soldiers believed killed during the final phase of the army assault on the LTTE, confronted Tamil National Alliance (TNA) members of parliament near the Mullaitivu Pradeshiya Sabha secretariat during a protest by the latter yesterday.
The United States government says Ghanaian women are being forced into prostitution and forced labour in foreign countries, particularly in the Middle East.
According to the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2013, Ghanaian women migrating to the Middle East to work are forced into prostitution upon their arrival.
Michael D, one of the former soldiers, who is currently living in Berlin told the Voice of Russia that "we were mostly deployed for attacks. We were often the first to be sent into combat and had to dodge the flurry of bullets."
By Waleed Abu al-Khair
A recent spate of videos showing children and teenagers in Syria attending al-Qaeda-linked training camps has raised alarm among activists and observers, who say this practice by al-Qaeda affiliates Jabhat al-Nusra and the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) exploits children and turns them into fighters.