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Syrian refugee allows smugglers to 'rape his wife as payment of trafficking'

India TV News Desk 08 Jan 2016, 11:35:47 IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: A Syrian man who had run out of money allegedly allowed smugglers to rape his wife as payment for his family being trafficked to Europe.

The unidentified woman and a mother-of-four children, is now believed to be living in Berlin. The woman remains in constant fear that her husband is going to kill her. According to the woman, her husband had run out of money and purportedly volunteered her for payment to smugglers.

Susanne Hohne, the lead psychotherapist at Berlin who treats refugee females, said that the woman displays all symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, including flashbacks, insomnia and has trouble concentrating, media reports quoted her as saying.

Susanne further said that at least 44 women in her care have experienced sexual violence.

Shocking pictures of a drowned toddler emerged in September 2015. The child, thought to be a Syrian, was washed up on a beach. The boat was trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea but drowned because of high waves in the water.

Syria's civil war advocates the worst humanitarian crisis of all time. Families are struggling for safe conditions to live and are forced to make neighbouring countries their new home.

More than 136,000 people have been brutally killed in the war of Syria since March 2011, and millions have migrated to other countries.

Refugee displacement in the Mediterranean countries has gained momentum in recent months. The migration is coupled with thousands of unreported cases of sexual assault on migrant women.

According to a report, more than 2,600 people have died while trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe in 2015. Some have drowned while others have been killed in stampedes.