They hope for a better life - and they end up as sex slaves. Tens of thousands of young African migrants work as street prostitutes in Europe. Once they are in the clutches of the traffickers they find it hard to escape.
Thousands of African migrants trying to get to Europe end up trapped in Libya. Often they endure abuse, and some are even sold into slavery. DW's Migration Dilemma series looks at why people risk the journey.
Germany must do more to avert human trafficking, a Council of Europe evaluation team has said. It added that officials need training to spot exploiters such as internet "loverboys" who lure girls into prostitution.
In emotive meditations, the pope spoke of "all the crosses" borne by the suffering in the world, including migrants and abused children. But he didn't directly touch on the Catholic Church's own sex abuse scandals.
Italian far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's latest crackdown on rescue vessels in the Mediterranean Sea includes draconian sanctions for every migrant taken on board. Michele Bertelli reports from Rome.
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