Barcelona– Sub-Saharan migrant women have endured various forms of sexual violence in their countries of origin and on their way to Europe. Many are forced to leave their homes because of violence related to conflict or to escape forced marriages or domestic violence. They face further abuse and sexual violence on their journey northward and in Morocco and are frequently subjected to sexual exploitation in the form of prostitution. Few of them dare to speak out about what they have suffered. MSF is concerned that the information gathered by its teams constitutes only a small portion of a problem of alarming proportions that has yet to be addressed by the Moroccan authorities and the countries of the European Union.
“The Moroccan Government needs to improve the care provided to Sub-Saharan migrants victims to sexual violence in their territory,” says Alfonso Verdú, head of MSF operations. “European Union countries need to be aware of the serious consequences their increasingly restrictive migration and asylum policies have on the health and safety of migrants, particularly the most vulnerable, women and young girls.”