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    Refugees traveling as part of large groups are exposed to the abuse by human traffickers and smugglers, according to UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director Yury Fedotov.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Refugees traveling as part of large groups are exposed to the abuse by human traffickers and smugglers, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director Yury Fedotov said in a statement Friday.

    "They are being subjected to violence and torture, kidnapping and extortion. They are being trafficked, for sexual exploitation, forced labour or organ removal. Thousands have died on unsafe passage across sea and land," the statement published on UNODC website ahead of the International Migrants Day on Sunday read.

    Fedotov urged to continue efforts to ensure protection of rights and freedoms of migrants and their security in accordance with the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants.

    "I call on all governments to take this opportunity to seek joint solutions and ensure respect, safety and dignity for all," Fedotov said.

    The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants was adopted during the Summit for Refugees and Migrants that took place on the sidelines of the 71st UNGA session on September 19. In the declaration, UN member states committed to begin by 2018 the negotiations on holding an international conference that should adopt new migration and refugee agreements as well as addressing the issues of human trafficking and border control.

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