"Blood money" of trafficked women now "lifeblood" sustaining terrorists

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The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2331 (2016), condemning in the strongest terms all instances of trafficking in persons in areas affected by armed conflicts. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

The "blood money" of women and children has become part of the "lifeblood" that sustains terrorists in places like Syria and Iraq, the UN special envoy for sexual violence in conflict has said.

Zainab Bangura briefed members of the UN Security Council during an open debate on trafficking in persons in conflict countries on Tuesday.

The billion-dollar trade ranks as the world's most profitable crime, after illicit trade in drugs and arms, the UN says.

Priyanka Shankar has the details.

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