2014 | Protection Sector: Inside Syria, UN High Commissioner for Refugees


“At the onset of the crisis in Syria, there is a reduction in or eradication of traditional support structures and rule of law which might all create favourable conditions for organized criminal groups, new opportunities for human traffickers and possibly impunity from law, lack of organized response to prevention, protection and prosecution as well as the reduction in the capacity and/or availability of skilled and specialized anti-trafficking key responders. Most internally displaced people in Syria are living in temporary shelters or with host communities and therefore may be at higher risk of becoming victims of various human rights abuses, discriminatory practices, exploitation and human trafficking. Such risk factors may include precarious conditions coupled with specific age, sex, gender or allegiance to a specific religious or ethnic group.”