IOM finds trafficked children in Senegalese centers of learningListen /
A fire in a school that teaches the Koran in Dakar, Senegal in March revealed that the students were actually victims of trafficking, according to the International Organization for Migration, the IOM.
IOM Spokesperson Jumbe Omari Jumbe says it's customary for children from neighbouring countries of the Sahel to be sent to Senegal, a city well-known for its Islamic education centers.
But Mr. Jumbe says some schools exploit children.
"Families send their children there thinking that they are going for studies. But when they reach there, they come to these Koranic schools and they were made to beg for their food and to provide some money to their teachers. They are exploited. They are forced into begging on the street for the reasons I have mentioned."
Mr. Jumbe says such crimes are considered trafficking and IOM sends the children back to their homes to join their families.
Gerry Adams, United Nations