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Rachel Stohl quoted in The Independent on child soldiers

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The US has named China as one of the worst offenders for human trafficking in an annual report which could aggravate tensions between the nations as they try to work out how to deal with North Korea. 

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Rachel Stohl, who directs the Conventional Defence program at Washington DC think tank Stimson Center told The Independentthat one of the more controversial parts of the report was the revision of the list of countries known to use and recruit child soldiers.

The list does not include countries where the child soldier problem is not under the purview of the government. For instance in Rwanda, the problem has been identified with the M23 gang.

“The use of child soldiers is the worst form of child trafficking…but we see it happen when a conflict [continue] for a long time; there is a limited supply of adult soldiers”.

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