The research found migrants journeying via Libya are between seven and 10 times more likely to be abused than those reaching Europe from Turkey, with the likelihood of exploitation rising with the time they spend in transit at the mercy of smugglers.Growing numbers of refugees have been using the more treacherous route since the EU-Turkey deal aimed to prevent crossings over the Aegean Sea came into effect earlier this year.“They beat you when you are lying on the ground, with whatever they have in front of them. Lami, a 26-year-old Senegalese man, said he watched another man slowly die from illness, adding: “In Libya, if you don’t have money to pay back the people that assault you, then they beat you.
This denial of reality through the use of violence must stop,” MSF programme coordinator Corinne Torre told .
However, French Minister of the Interior, Bruno Le Roux, defended the police on Sunday, calling for an end to the “national sport of questioning” police work. What the police force is doing today is providing shelter for vulnerable people,” he said.
The IOM’s findings were based on almost 9,000 surveys taken by refugees travelling to Europe via sea, in the first large-scale attempt to quantify the horrors long reported by refugees reaching Italy.
Rescue workers with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have been recording accounts of the abuses on their rescue ships, which are picking up refugees packed onto overcrowded boats launched from Libya.
MSF accused police of harassing migrants, waking them up in the middle of the night, using tear gas to disperse them, and not allowing them to sit down as they queue for a place in the shelter in the northern Parisian neighbourhood of La Chapelle.
The organisation says the practices have led to them assisting eight people close to hypothermia in the last week, as temperatures dropped to below freezing.Paris' Préfecture de Police did not immediately respond to The Independent’s request for comment.The organization said it had no warning that Mueller was going to be visiting the hospital that day - and if they had, they would have insisted she did not due to the danger to Americans from the terror group.“Police work must continue this way, with the humanity that goes hand in hand with their responsibility.It’s true that sometimes there can be difficulties associated with finding shelter for migrants.” Paris opened its first humanitarian centre in November after the closure of a large makeshift camp in Stalingrad displaced thousands of migrants.Maria* a Cameroonian woman rescued from a migrant ship in June, was abducted by four armed men who forced her into prostitution and raped her repeatedly.